Involving Family and Friends

Problems with attention can have subtle effects which wear away at communication and intimacy. You may have become aware of attention or concentration difficulties through not understanding information, or finding it hard to follow a TV soap. These difficulties will not be obvious to the people around you. Once they understand that this is part of your MS, they are likely to want to help. They can do this easily by:

Once you and your family are working together to overcome concentration problems, you can:

Video: The time to talk about cognitive problems

Jeffrey Gingold explains that the best time to talk to family, friends or work colleagues about how cognitive problems affect you is when you are not experiencing a cognitive episode. This allows time to explain what cognitive difficulties you might experience and gives people the opportunity to ask questions to better understand this symptom.

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