Keeping attention on a mental
task, such as a math calculation.
Finding the right words to
These problems are often quite mild early in the course of the
disease. But they may get worse with time, depending on the location of tissue
damage (MS lesions) in the brain.
Neuropsychological tests may help identify specific
problems. Side effects of medicines used to relieve physical MS symptoms may
cause cognitive problems.
Treating your emotional problems is as important as treating other
symptoms of MS. Family counselling and counselling by other people who have MS
are both available. If you need help finding a counsellor or support group,
contact your doctor or the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine Andrew Swan, MD, CCFP, FCFP - Family Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerBarrie J. Hurwitz, MD - Neurology Karin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology