5 Ways To Keep A Positive Attitude With Multiple Sclerosis

A basketball sitting in the seat of a wheelchairManaging multiple sclerosis requires a proactive approach — becoming educated about the condition, sticking to your treatment plan, and communicating with your doctor if you notice changes in your symptoms. But beyond medical care, the way you approach life can also influence your condition, says Benjamin M. Greenberg, MD, MHS, deputy director of the multiple sclerosis program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

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“Remaining positive is important in multiple sclerosis for many reasons,” Dr. Greenberg says. “There is ample data to indicate that depressed moods tend to magnify symptomatic issues. Pain, fatigue, and cognitive issues can be worsened as a person’s mood declines.”

Multiple sclerosis doesn’t have to be the sole focus of your life. People living with multiple sclerosis have families, successful careers, and a variety of hobbies. Instead of dwelling on the negatives, highlight the positive aspects of your life to help balance your overall point-of-view, Greenberg suggests. Here are eight ways to positively influence your perception of living with multiple sclerosis and improve your overall outlook: