If you have multiple sclerosis, it can help to interact with people going through the same journey.
We all have taken advice or read about how to manage our multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms. And we can share with our doctors, spouses, children, or friends about our experiences. But a far better emotional therapy is empathizing with a fellow MS warrior.
People can’t understand living with MS unless they have experienced it. They try to be helpful and understanding and offer comforting words, but the reality is, just as I don’t understand a lot of others’ hardships, they can’t understand mine.
As the title of this column states, “MS is frustrating, and it’s healthy to talk about it.” Discussing our frustrations in the correct setting and with like-minded people is inspiring. It can have an extremely positive effect on our mental, physical, and emotional state.
In a Psychology Today article, “Talk About Your Problems, Please,” Barton Goldsmith, PhD, writes that talking with others helps you to problem-solve. The article also states, “You may find that brainstorming with another person or even a group will help you find new ideas to help you move forward. When you know someone has your back, that emotional support can make all the difference.”
Goldsmith also noted that sharing concerns and asking questions may be hard to initiate at first. But once you get started, it can be a huge weight off your shoulders. Sharing our issues and questions with others in a safe place can help to alleviate the burden of suppressing a problem or concern.
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