About 50% of individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) exhibit cognitive deficits in additional to physical symptoms. Depression and fatigue are also common in MS and can be debilitating. Therefore, it is not uncommon for an individual with MS to be referred for neuropsychological evaluation, making it important for neuropsychologists to familiarize themselves with the neurobiological underpinnings and signs and symptoms of MS. Today, John and Ryan talk with Dr. Peter Arnett about the cognitive and emotional symptoms of MS, and how neuropsychology can contribute to the care of patients with MS.
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- Overview of MS
- Risk factors for MS
- Vitamin D and MS
- McDonald criteria for subtypes of MS
- Difference between Clinically Isolated Syndrome (CIS) and MS
- Risk for misdiagnosis of MS
- Treatment approaches for MS
- Moderators of depression in MS
- Coping as an intervention target for depression in MS
- Treatment modalities for depression in MS
- Exercise as a treatment for physical and mood symptoms in MS
- Sleep difficulties in MS and its relationship with depression
- Neuropsychological assessment of MS
- Measuring processing speed in individuals with MS
- Considering ecological validity in neuropsychological assessment
- Prevalence of fatigue in individuals with MS
- Assessing the effect of fatigue on neuropsychological test performance
- Social functioning and activities of daily living in MS
Dr. Arnett is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Neuropsychology of MS and Sports-Related Concussion programs at Pennsylvania State University. He is the current president of the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN).
McDonald Criteria Resource
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