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Multiple Sclerosis

Understanding the Cognitive Challenges

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"Despite the prevalence of disabling cognitive symptoms among people living with multiple sclerosis, there is a dearth of literature on this important topic. Multiple Sclerosis: Understanding the Cognitive Challenges is the first comprehensive discussion of MS-related cognitive dysfunction, including the changes that can occur, their assessment and treatment, and strategies for dealing with their impact in daily life.

Written by two clinical psychologists with special expertise in MS, and with contributions by two leading neuropsychologists, the book answers all questions patients may have about their condition, including:

  • A definition of cognition and discussion of the processes that underlie human thought
  • The emotional and social impact of cognitive changes
  • The neuropsychological evaluation of cognitive symptoms
  • Detailed overview of treatment options
  • Vignettes describing the real-life experiences of a person with cognitive dysfunction
  • Extensive references to the scientific literature

Combining detailed, referenced advice with hands-on strategies for living, this is the only book to provide in-depth information about cognitive dysfunction. It will be an invaluable reference to patients, families, and caregivers, as well as health professionals who care for people with MS."

Product Details

  • Publication Date June 01, 2006
  • Page Count 152
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9781932603316

Editorial Review(s)

"The contributors are frank about the changes patients may expect and provide common-sense advice about meeting the cognitive challenges, which range far wider than one would expect...The text is fully accessible to patients already involved with the management of their condition."--Book News

"...Helpful to anyone who deals in any form with [MS], patients, family, and clinicians of all levels."--CAPHIS Consumer Health Connections

"This welcome addition to the MS literature invites those with concerns about MS-related cognitive change to exchange uncertainty and confusion for the information and strategies they need to get on with their lives. With caring, warmth, and even subtle humor, the authors have made a difficult subject approachable and understandable."-- Linda Buchwald MD, Multiple Sclerosis Care Center, Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Massachusetts

About The Author(s)

Dr Nicholas LaRocca

Dr. Nicholas LaRocca, a clinical psychologist who has worked in the field of multiple sclerosis for over 27 years, is director of Health Care Delivery and Policy Research at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Dr. LaRocca has led support groups for persons with MS and their spouses, and has given workshops and presentations for both lay and professional audiences, particularly in the area of cognition. He is the author of a number of scientific papers and book chapters, and serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Real Living with MS.

Dr. Rosalind Kalb MD

Rosalind C. Kalb is Vice President of the Professional Resource Center at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) in New York City, providing educational materials and consultation services for healthcare professionals. She is the author of Multiple Sclerosis a Guide for Families, 3rd Edition and co-author of Multiple Sclerosis: Understanding the Cognitive Challenges both published by Demos Health. She is co-author of The A to Z of Multiple Sclerosis published by Checkmark Books in 2006, and is co-author of Multiple Sclerosis For Dummies. She regularly publishes in professional journals and speaks all over on the world on the subject.

Table of Contents

A Personal Note to the Reader
What is Cognition?
The Emotional and Social Impact of Cognitive Changes
What We Know About Cognitive Changes in Multiple Sclerosis
Assessment of Cognitive Changes
Treatment of Cognitive Changes
Strategies for Managing Cognitive Changes
Cognitive Vignettes