You've had multiple sclerosis for a while now and tried a bunch of things to ease your pain or control those muscle spasms. But you're just not getting the relief you need. Is it time, you wonder, to pay attention to all the talk about medical marijuana? Could it be an option for you?
It's giving some relief to people like Zach, who asked to keep his full name confidential. He lives in Phoenix, AZ, where medical marijuana has been legal since 2010.
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Anyone dealing with too much stress or a tough situation might have depression. It’s easy to understand how MS, which takes a toll on physical health and may cause lasting problems, can bring on the mood disorder.
MS might also cause depression. The disease may destroy the protective coating around nerves that helps the brain send signals that affect mood.
Everyone at one time or another has felt down, sad, or blue. Sometimes the feeling of sadness gets intense, lasting for a long time and keeping a person from doing what they like to do. This is depression, a mental illness that, without treatment, can get worse and go on for years. The symptoms can include:
Your sadness is making your life worse, like causing trouble with relationships, work issues, or family disputes -- and there isn't a clear solution to these problems.
You have thoughts about suicide. If that happens, get medical help right away.
Where Can I Get Help for Depression?
Once you decide it’s time to get treatment, start with your primary doctor. She can talk with you about how you feel and make sure that medicines you take or another health problem isn’t causing your symptoms.
Your doctor may prescribe treatment or refer you to a mental health care professional, who can look at your symptoms and recommend some options for treatment.