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June 24, 2014 - Dealing with the Emotions of Living with Progressive MS

Posted by pae on 27th June 2014

Those with progressive MS suffer from Mood and Anxiety Disorders at the rate of 3-4x that of the general population. Behavioral medicine is often an important and necessary component in the interdisciplinary treatment of MS. Patients and family members might find the disease difficult to fathom, as they may feel that hopes, dreams, and goals for the future will drastically change. Individuals and family members may react in a number of different ways, including, but not limited to: grief, anxiety, anger, depression, fear, numbness, denial, hopelessness, and in the worst case suicidal ideation or intent. This program will cover the important psychological factors associated with Progressive MS as well as methods for treatment.

Guest Speaker:
Amy Burleson Sullivan, PsyD, is a health psychologist, and director of behavioral medicine, fellowship training and research at Cleveland Clinic’s Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research. Dr. Sullivan’s specialty interests include consultation-liaison work, individual and family chronic disease management, pain management, depression and adjustment to phases of life.

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Progressive MS: The Road Ahead

Posted by pae on 23rd October 2013

This event on October 12, 2013 included educational presentations and a resource fair to help people living with progressive MS and their loved ones navigate the road ahead. Presentations included 'Strengthening Family Resilience' by David Rintell, EdD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and 'Research Avenues for Progressive MS' by Gary Clauser, MD, Co-director, Lehigh Neurology.


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