It’s Official: MS Makes it Harder to Socialize

social function and MSIf you or someone you love have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis you may have noticed that it is harder to interact in social groups. This can be put down to a variety of causes; from the range of MS symptoms, such as fatigue and depression, to just learning how to cope with the diagnosis of your condition and how it may affect the rest of your life. But research has shown social cognition impairment could be a symptom of MS.

Social Cognition

Social cognition is a term used to describe how we interact with and process information about other people. Without knowing it, we spend a great deal of time when interacting with new or familiar people collecting information about them and processing it. We look at how they behave, how they dress and take in their overall appearance without being conscious of it. We also assess how they speak; their accent, tone of voice and what they are talking about.

Our brain subconsciously uses this information to come to a judgement on how we feel about that person and how we act towards them. This reaction can be barely noticeable at times and more so at others; you may see a close family member or friend who says they are fine but you can tell they are tired or upset so change your behaviour appropriately to comfort them or console them. Or you could be meeting a new person and not be sure about them, without being able to put your finger on why. The more time you spend with someone, the more you add to their ‘file’ in your brain, gathering information that you may draw on at a later date.

Social Cognition and MS

Ms is a condition that affects the central nervous symptom, presenting a range of symptoms depending on the location and severity of the lesions. It is known that MS can cause confusion, cognitive dysfunction and depression, so a group of researchers in Germany set about seeing whether or not MS can directly affect social cognition.

The Study

The researchers studied a cohort of 90 people, having them watch a special movie designed to assess their social cognition. 45 of the people had MS, with a control group of 45 patients who did not have MS.

The study found that the group with MS showed significant impairment of social cognition compared to the control group, and that cognitive function (verbal memory and the ability to carry out everyday problem solving and planning) was mildly impaired. Most significantly, people with MS who did not demonstrate cognitive dysfunction still demonstrated some level of impaired social cognition.

What Can You Do?

This research may come as a relief for many people with MS who don’t have problems with cognitive function but are struggling in social situations. If you have MS it may give you reassurance to know that this is a natural symptom of your condition and make it easier for you to accept and cope with it.  If you find that you struggle in social groups then try to stick to low stress familiar groups where you feel comfortable. Talking to your friends and family can also help to alleviate the stress and anxiety that you may feel in some situations.

At CCSVI Mexico we believe that in most MS cases the lesions are caused by a condition called CCSVI, where the veins leaving the central nervous system are narrowed, causing blood to seep out of the veins and leaving iron deposits in the surrounding tissue, similar to the lesions typical in MS. It is believed that around 90% of MS cases could be caused by CCSVI which is treatable using the liberation method, using balloon angioplasty to widen the veins and restore blood flow from the central nervous system.

If you have Ms and would like to know more about the procedures we use to diagnose CCSVI and treat your condition then contact us today.

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3 Responses to It’s Official: MS Makes it Harder to Socialize

  1. deborah thompson says:

    I found this interesting i feel people see me in a wheelchair or walker or at a grocerystore in a cart people stare and i upsets me i want to yell out yes i have MS but im normal just like you i lost of friends when i first found out that i had MS in 2002 i was a mom and a wife and daughter i do feel like not being social like i was before because i have been hurt but i thank god i have a great husband and dad and daughter which i want her to live her life and not worry about me I would love to be able to go back to work but im afraid of failing i do like me for what i can do and i still have times i don’t stop and rest i pray there will be a cure before i die cause no one needs to have MS for the rest of their life so i guess i want to learn more about be social to people thank you for this that you posted

    • CCSVI Mexico says:

      Dear Debroah Thompson,

      Thank you for sharing your story. Many people with multiple sclerosis are now relieved that social isolation is a genuine symptom of the disease.

      If you would like to know more information on how CCSVI treatment can improve the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, then please feel free to contact our team of medical advisers by filling out a form here:

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      Warm regards,

      Sam Angeles

  2. deborah thompson says:

    Being the husband of an MS patient, I’ve noticed that on more than several occasions my wife has presented herself as a recluse and somewhat reserved. In our relationship, I am the silly one whereas she is the serious one but there’s a reason for this. I’m trying to help her out of her shell (She was shy when I met her and this condition didn’t help any.) It’s always been my belief that you should live every day of your life (Pardon the pun.) like it’s your last…Because one day you’re gonna be right. And with this condition, that’s all the more reason to do it. Another reason why I’m that way towards her is to show her the answer to one of the oldest questions in the medical world. How do you treat a person with a disease or a condition? Like a person. In short, she (Or anyone else for that matter) is no different than anyone else who would have cancer, herpes or even AIDS. The point is simply this: Yes, they have this condtion and yes they are coping with it the best that they can. But here I come from we have an old saying. “I have this, but this doesn’t have me.” I know this condition is very serious and shouldn’t be taken lightly, but life is also way too short to shut yourself away and spend the rest of your life worrying about this. T quote the world famous soccer player Pele on his retirement “Live…Life…Love” It’s kinda hard to do that closed off from the rest of the world. To those with MS, “Live…Life…Love!” and to those who friends and or relatives of someone with MS, HELP THEM to Live… Life… Love!

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