Below are a list of free resources covering topics relevant to people affected by MS, as well as some resources and tools which you can use to help improve the quality of life of people affected by MS in your country.
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Low self-esteem and MS
Having MS can affect self-esteem. There may be times when it’s difficult to everything a person is used to doing, or they may have to do them differently. Focusing too much on these aspects can feel overwhelming. This 1 minute animated infographic gives some confidence boosters and tips for managing low self-esteem and MS. Thanks to the UK MS Society for providing the text for this infographic.
Low self-esteem and MS (English)
Baja autoestima y EM (Spanish)
Autoestima e Esclerose Multipla (Portuguese)
التصلب المتعدد وتقديرك لنفسك (Arabic)
MS en een laag zelfbeeld (Dutch)
Sclérose en plaques et estime de soi (French)
טרשת נפוצה והערכה עצמית נמוכה (Hebrew)
Рассеянный склероз и низкая самооценка (Russian)
Sex life and MS
Sex and intimacy can be challenging topics to talk about, even though they’re common for people with and without MS. We’ve launched an animation looking at some of the different ways that MS can affect intimacy and sexuality. Everyone’s experience of MS is unique though, so not everyone will necessarily experience all or any of the issues raised in the animation.
The animation, ‘Sex life and MS’, was originally created by our member, Associazione Italiana Sclerosi Multipla (Italy). We collaborated with MSIF members in Australia, Denmark, Italy, India, Lebanon, Poland, Spain and the United Kingdom to adapt and translate the video so it can be shared with people affected by MS around the world. Find out more about MS, relationships and intimacy.
Sex life and MS (English)
Sclerosi multipla e disturbi sessuali (Italian)
La vida sexual y la esclerosis múltiple (Spanish)
الحياة الجنسية والتصلب المتعدد (Arabic)
Życie seksualne i SM (Polish)
Vida sexuale e esclerose multipla múltipla (Portuguese)
Seven principles to improve quality of life with MS
In 2005, we published a set of principles – a kind of “gold standard” – setting out what any person with MS should expect in order for them to have a good quality of life. In 2016, we reviewed the principles and carried out an extensive consultation with people from over 30 countries, learning more about what influences quality of life for people with MS, their caregivers, family members and friends closest to them. From this consultation, we have produced a refreshed set of principles identifying the main areas in which every bit of progress can make a real difference to individuals.
Childhood MS: a guide for parents
MS is usually thought of as an adult condition, but children and teenagers can also develop it. If your child has been diagnosed with MS, or MS has been suggested as a possible cause for your child’s symptoms, you may have lots of questions. This free downloadable resource is intended to provide answers to some of these questions. You can find a wide selection of resources for children, in a variety of languages, on the Childhood MS page.
Pediatric MS and other demyelinating disorders in childhood: Current understanding, diagnosis and management
The International Pediatric MS Study Group have written a series of articles, highlighting the advances, unanswered questions and new challenges in understanding, diagnosis and management. These articles have been published in a Neurology journal supplement, which you can access for free here: http://www.neurology.org/content/87/9_Supplement_2.
We have produced a short publication which summarises the key points from each of these articles, with links to the full articles. This publication is aimed at people with some prior knowledge of MS in children, but is written in plain, accessible language.
Atlas of MS
The Atlas of MS is the most extensive worldwide study of the epidemiology of MS and the global availability and accessibility of resources for people with MS. You can search the data by visiting the Atlas of MS page.
Global MS Employment Report
This report offers evidence for advocating to ensure that people with MS are treated fairly and lawfully at work. We hope that this report will help people affected by MS and MS organisations to raise awareness of employment issues, and to advocate to governments and employers to speed up positive change in workplaces around the world.
Global Economic Impact of MS
To help raise awareness of the high global costs of MS, this literature review provides international data that are useful for estimating the costs and quality of life impacts of MS at the national level.
MS in focus
MS in focus was our binannual magazine, published between 2003 and 2014. Each edition looked in detail at a specific topic related to MS, including symptoms, research and day-to-day living with MS.
Ageing with MS (published 2015)
Bladder and bowel (published 2014)
Information and technology (published 2014)
MS and cognition (published 2013)
Young people (published 2013)
Is it MS? (published 2012)
Fatigue (published 2012)
Pharmacological treatments (published 2011)
Research (published 2011)
Employment (published 2010)
Complementary and alternative therapies (published 2010)
Disease courses (published 2009)
Tremor and ataxia (published 2009)
Spasticity (published 2008)
Stem cells and remyelination (published 2008)
Pain (published 2007)
Caregiving (published 2007)
Genetics (published 2006)
Rehabilitation (published 2006)
Intimacy and sexuality (published 2005)
Healthy Living (published 2005)
Emotions and cognition (published 2004)
Family (published 2004)