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Psychology

Research project: Psychosocial stress and multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms

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An investigation of the role of everyday life stress and cortisol secretion in the occurrence and experience of MS symptoms.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients frequently associate a worsening of symptoms with stress, but yet research into this possible association has only recently begun to accumulate. Studies have usually focussed on a relationship between stressful life events and MS onset, exacerbation, and progression. In particular, research evidence now appears to indicate a link between stress and risk of symptom exacerbation among patients with the relapsing-remitting form of MS. This study aims to prospectively investigate the influence of everyday stressors and the multifaceted response to stress on MS symptom-progression and in particular, MS fatigue.

Duration: 2010-2013
PhD student: Daniel Powell
Supervisors: Wolff Schlotz, Rona Moss-Morris
Internally funded.

Related research groups

Centre for Clinical and Community Applications of Health Psychology (CCCAHP)
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