Understanding and treating depression in multiple sclerosis

Understanding and treating depression in multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord. By damaging the protective sheath (myelin) that insulates the nerve cells, it disrupts and impairs the communication between the brain and the rest of the body.

Considered as an autoimmune disease, its symptoms vary widely, ranging from vision loss, paralysis to sexual issues like erectile dysfunction (ED), pregnancy problems, etc. One of the major implications of MS is depression. In fact, some of the main medicines used for the treatment of MS are responsible for exacerbating the symptoms of depression, such as corticosteroids, benzodiazepines, etc.

However, in the […] Read more

Healing effects of yoga on people grappling depression

Healing effects of yoga on people grappling depression

Unexpected events like loss of a loved one, chronic illnesses like cancer or diabetes, and traumatic life events like physical assaults, rape, etc. are some of the triggers that can cause persistent sadness that eventually turns into depression over time. Depression, a debilitating disorder that has paralyzed millions of people worldwide, often leads to other problems, such as substance abuse, suicide, etc.

Melancholy and miseries are irrevocable components of human existence. Therefore, experiencing grief at times is considered quite normal. However, when the level of desolation becomes too severe to affect a person’s daily life completely, it is not at all […] Read more

Low self-esteem responsible for surging depressive thoughts among disabled people

Low self-esteem responsible for surging depressive thoughts among disabled people

People living with a disability are often afflicted with negative and cynical thoughts, apparently due to low self-esteem. Such thinking can sow the seed of depression in later years. However, it is not appropriate to equate disability with mental disorders. Several evidences suggest that people suffering from a physical disability have an increased chance of developing clinical depression due to certain traumatic life experiences.

People with a disability have to stand against incredible challenges and unimaginable stress due to psychosocial problems, physical health issues and emotional turmoil. This often puts them at a high risk of developing depression. Therefore, there is […] Read more