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Stress Management May Prevent MS Brain Lesions

Multiple Sclerosis Patients Had Fewer New Brain Lesions During Treatment

'Focus on What You Can Control' continued...

With the help of behavioral therapy, exercise, and meditation, Clos learned to focus on the things she could control and let everything else go.

"It wasn't easy," she says. "By nature I am an anxious person, but when I learned to let the worry go I began to feel better."

Psychologist and National MS Society spokesman Nicholas LaRocca, PhD, says patients need resources to help them deal with the stresses they face.

"Learning to deal with stress is important for all of us, and it is particularly important for people who have extra stress because of an MS diagnosis," he says.

LaRocca says although it remains to be seen if reducing stress can actually slow disease progression, it is clear that stress management can improve quality of life for patients with MS.

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