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MS can lead to chronic sorrow

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MULTIPLE sclerosis can cause 'chronic sorrow', which is different from depression, say Swedish researchers.

MULTIPLE sclerosis can cause 'chronic sorrow', which is different from depression, say Swedish researchers.

They defined chronic sorrow as 'loss of hope, of control over the body, of integrity and of identity'.

Of the 61 patients with MS they interviewed, 38 met criteria for the condition but only four had symptoms of mild depression.

'The sorrow was constantly present or periodically overwhelming,' the authors said.

'Knowledge of the meaning of chronic sorrow can contribute to the nurse's ability to give psychological support and promote a sense of hope and control in the MS patient.'

Journal of Clinical Nursing (2007) 16: 315-324

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