RESEARCHERS AT UH, MS SOCIETY SEEKING
VOLUNTEERS FOR NEW DEPRESSION STUDY‘
People with multiple sclerosis (MS) face daily physical challenges
that often trigger depression. To aid MS patients who are experiencing
depression, University of Houston researchers and the Lone Star
Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society (MSS) are developing a
new group therapy program.
This self-management therapy program teaches people about the nature
of depression and how to counteract different components of the
disorder. Volunteers with MS are being sought to participate in
a pilot study of this program. There is no cost to participate,
and all volunteers will receive a small stipend to cover the cost
The study is being overseen by Lynn P. Rehm, UH professor of psychology,
and Houston psychologist Roberta Diddel. It will be conducted at
the MSS offices at 8111 N. Stadium Dr., Suite 100 in Houston.
“About half of the patients with MS will develop a serious
depression during their lifetime,” Diddel said. “In
addition to causing distress for patients, depression may complicate
or exacerbate cognitive dysfunction in MS patients, so there is
reason to approach this problem aggressively. This study focuses
on teaching patients active coping strategies to help them manage
their depressive symptoms.”
To volunteer for this study or for more information, contact Lissa
Cameron at Lone Star MSS at 713-526-8967.
Study for MS Patients
||Lone Star Chapter of the MS Society
8111 N. Stadium Dr., Suite 100
Houston, Texas 77054
||UH Depression Research Clinic, Lone
Star Chapter of the MS Society
||Lissa Cameron, 713-526-8967
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