ALS Patients With Anxiety And Depression – Part 2

Coping With Depression

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis yields mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression. In one study, “patients with ALS had a higher risk of depression diagnosis as well as antidepressant use than controls. The risk increase appeared to be greater among individuals at age 65 and older, whereas sex, educational level, and socioeconomic status did not seem to modify the associations greatly,” Dr. Fang Fang, MD, Ph.D and co-authors, discovered.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis people suffering from depression are not without hope. Occurrences of depression are temporary and are usually treatable.

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ALS Patients With Anxiety And Depression – Part 1

Introduction

Like any severe disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) has a significant effect on the life of the patient and relatives and the people caring for them. It is not unusual for people who have Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis to suffer from anxiety and depression as well as other emotional difficulties stemming from having Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

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ALS: Speech And Swallowing

The bulbar muscles are one of the primary targets of ALS, which involves the mouth and throat. As such, the gradual weakening of the throat and mouth muscles may be experienced, which may result in difficulty swallowing or speech problems. Patients who are suffering from these symptoms (and their caretakers) may consult this guide on how to best deal with the challenges as mentioned above.

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What An ALS Caregiver Needs To Know

A Background On ALS

ALS, short for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, is a progressive disease that is neurologic in origin. Often called Lou Gehrig’s disease, it is characterized by an attack on the neurons in the brain that are responsible for the control of voluntary muscles. ALS is one of the motor neuron diseases where the brain and spinal cord cells are progressively damaged and then die, causing an individual to lose voluntary muscular movement. This leads to debilitating signs such as twitching and muscle atrophy, among others.

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A Brief Background On Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

ALS Defined

When someone is diagnosed with ALS, short for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, it can be such a devastating event in his life. Devastation is actually a normal emotion since one can never really expect what will happen next.

 

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a condition that primarily affects a person’s motor neurons. Motor neurons are nerves that pass through the brain and spinal cord that send impulses to one’s muscles to command movement, speech, breathing, and other motor activities. Now, you can just imagine what would happen if these motor neurons were damaged. Consequently, one will have difficulty doing those activities, including so many more, when he is afflicted with ALS.

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