Cognitive Rehabilitation for MS

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If you have multiple sclerosis and feel like your mind isn't as sharp as it used to be, your doctor may recommend cognitive rehabilitation.

Cognitive rehabilitation is helping you to get your brain to a place where it does things the way it used to do things before you had MS.

Cognitive rehab could help you take charge of problems with thinking skills, like remembering, focusing, planning, thinking quickly, or just finding the right words. Your therapy will depend on what you need. You may also learn new ways to tackle your daily to-do list. Specialists can teach you how to use memory aids, time-management tricks, checklists, and reading comprehension techniques.

Your medical team may also have you do mental exercises that aim to boost your attention and memory. These could include games, puzzles, and tests that get tougher over time. Physical exercise and medication may also be recommended.

Think about including your family members in some of the sessions. It could help them understand what you're going through and show them how to lend a hand, and that will help you get the most out of your cognitive rehab.

We should never allow a patient to assume, if I have problems with my thinking, oh, nothing can be done. Nothing could be further from the truth.