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    MS and Depression, 2nd post
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    Nancy04232004 posted:
    A question for Dr. Lava,

    How can I find out if my depression is a result of the MS disease process itself causing nerve damage to the emotional control area of my brain, rather than just a reaction to having MS or being on one of the interferon drugs for MS?
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    Muzzkat responded:
    Hi Nancy,

    I have found a link for you. You can download a pdf file to your computer and read. It is: http://www.msassociation.org/publications/depression/

    I have this booklet and have found it to explain a lot. Pages 12-15 deal with the different causes of depression in MS patients

    I hope this helps,

    Matt
    They say: MS, you don't get it unless you got it. Well...I still don't get it! ;^)
     
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    Nancy04232004 replied to Muzzkat's response:
    Matt,

    Thank you for the tip you gave in your post. I printed out the pages you recommended and will review them shortly. Next time I see my doctor, I will mention this information.

    Nancy
     
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    Neil S Lava, MD responded:
    It is not always easy to tell what is the cause of the depression.
    There is a higher incidence of depression in patients with MS. And as you have mentioned interferons are associated with depression.
    The more important thing is to treat the depression. Since depression can respond to counseling or medication.


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