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2022 Sep-Oct

Int J MS Care



Predictors of Mood Disorders in Parents With Multiple Sclerosis: The Role of Disability Level, Coping Techniques, and Perceived Social Support.


Podda J, Messmer Uccelli M, Tacchino A, Pedullà L, Monti Bragadin M, Battaglia M A, Brichetto G, Ponzio M
Int J MS Care. 2022 Sep-Oct; 24(5):224-229.
PMID: 36090243.


Being a parent can be demanding and stressful, especially for people with chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS). Parenting can be disrupted by flareups, disease worsening, and other MS symptoms, including mobility problems, pain, fatigue, and cognitive impairment. Mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety, have been found to occur at much higher rates in people with MS than in the general population. Surprisingly, less is known about which factors may predict mood disorders in parents with MS. This study aims to identify potential demographic, clinical, and self-reported predictors that contribute to mood disorders measured by the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale.