“Fatigue’s negative impact on emotional quality of life in MS is not a function of reduced ambulation but instead its impact on depression. Reducing depression may thus markedly improve quality of life in this population”
This year, for World Mental Health Day, we wanted to showcase some recent research into the link between depression and fatigue in those living with Multiple Sclerosis. The research has highlighted that depression has more of an impact on fatigue than physical activity, so self-care tools and support that can help people manage their mental wellbeing will have a massive impact on quality of life.
Our Welfare and Benefits Officer, Alan, recently worked with a client who was newly diagnosed, depressed and had very low confidence of herself. She suffered from over-whelming fatigue trying to deal with benefit applications, but Alan was able to secure a PIP award for her and as a result, her confidence improved and she was in a much better place to face the future.
Mental wellbeing underpins all aspects of our work at Revive, whether it is verbal or physical with our professional staff team, or through peer support in the cafe or group work. If you need some support to improve your mental wellbeing, please get in touch either by phoning 0141 945 3344 or by emailing Magz, our Clinical Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research paper: ‘Depression mediates the relationship between fatigue and mental health-related quality of life in multiple sclerosis’ (2020) by Alexander Fidao, Alysha De Livera, Nupur Nag, Sandra Neate, George A Jelinek and Steve Simpson-Yap. Read the full article below. One of the key highlights of the research paper has shown that there is a link between depression and fatigue.