Let’s be honest being told that something is “wrong” with you and that you have been diagnosed with an illness with no known cure is completely mind-blowing. We can’t speak for everyone but it has to be a shock to the system. It seems as if a diagnosis can lead to a plethora of emotions, depression & anxiety are two which certainly stand out.
Depression can be difficult to manage on your own and when things go awry you may not know where to start to get help. MS is hard. There isn’t an easier way to say it. The unpredictability of this illness can lead someone into a whirlwind of emotions.
According to the MS Society depression is one of the most common symptoms with people that have Multiple Sclerosis. Of course, we all have highs & lows in life and I think what makes MS patients experience anxiety and depression is the unpredictability of the illness. We may go to bed feeling strongwith the ability to move about with ease, then wake up in the morning not being able to lift your legs or even see. Needless to say, it’s scary!
No, it’s NOT all in my head — is this really happening to me? A question that so many of us ask ourselves. How everyone manages their illness after the diagnosis is completely different. You’re diagnosed, now what? The control you thought you once had over your life is now in the hands of a disease. That lack of control we mentioned in the podcast, is the green light for anxiety.
Anxiety doesn’t care what time of day that it decides to disrupt your life. It creeps in — actually, it attacks your mind with a vengeance. We may be experiencing numbness is our legs and feet then all of a sudden lose the ability to walk which makes it easy to fall into the web of anxiety. Is this the start of another exacerbation? Is something else wrong with me besides MS? The “complex unpredictability” nature of this disease can open a window to all types of emotions. It’s important to listen to your body and talk to your doctor. Remember that you are not alone and you aren’t exaggerating how you feel. This is real and an adjustment to accepting a new normal.
Until next time…Love & Light!
D & D