Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Stress and MS: The Mind-Body Connection

Stress is not an inherently bad thing, however if you have MS, you know that it can have negative effects. For years, the connection between stress and MS has been accepted by neurologists, neuropsychologists, and patients alike.  I agree that acute stress seems to aggravate my MS symptoms.

Saturday morning, I attended an MS Women’s Breakfast sponsored by the local chapter of the National MS Society.  The guest speaker was Mary Elizabeth Quig, Ph.D., clinical neuropsychologist at Georgetown University MS Center and founding partner at Neuropsychology Associates of Fairfax.  The title of her presentation was “Dames who Reframe.”

Dr. Quig began her presentation discussing neuropsychology, stress, and psychoneuroimmunology (PNI).  Psychoneuroimmunology takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the interaction between mental processes, the nervous system, and the immune system.  It offers a scientific study of the Mind-Body connection.

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Stress and MS: The Mind-Body Connection

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