Mindfulness group intervention improves short-term coping skills following a diagnosis of relapsing multiple sclerosis

Takeaway

  • Mindfulness-based intervention can improve short-term coping, depression, and perceived stress in people with newly diagnosed relapsing multiple sclerosis.

Why this matters

  • Receiving a diagnosis of relapsing multiple sclerosis is highly distressing due to its unpredictable disease course; developing good coping skills could help alleviate this stress.

  • This pilot study shows that mindfulness intervention within a year of diagnosis can improve coping, depression, and quality of life in this vulnerable multiple sclerosis population.