Multiple sclerosis (MS)
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves.
Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. People with MS can typically experience one of four disease courses, each of which might be mild, moderate, or severe.
MS is not contagious and is not directly inherited. Most people with MS have a normal or near-normal life expectancy. The majority of people with MS do not become severely disabled.
Today, new treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people affected by MS. Art therapy is an alternative way of battling MS, an approach being followed by scientists, doctors and patients the world over. According to the experts:
The use of painting as a curing method is an excellent tool that allows therapists to communicate with patients, help them express their inner feelings and thus overcome their problems. Art gives the opportunity to trace and interpret the mental world of patients, explore their self-expressions or traumas and identify the appropriate therapy.
Ιoannis Giouzepas, et al., Clinical Psychiatry, Volume Β (Αthens: Parissianos Scientific Publications SA, 2009), p. 928.
- gmss.gr - Greek Multiple Sclerosis Society
- ECAS - European Citizen Action Service
- ΜSIF - Multiple Sclerosis International Federation
- EDF - European Disability Forum
- EFPIA - European Federation of Pharmaceuticals Industries and Associations
- EMSP - European MS Platform
- LifeRight - Supportive Network for People with Disabilities
- ECTRIMS - European Committee for Treatment and Research in MS
- EFNA - European Federation of Neurological Associations
- RIMS - Rehabilitation in MS
- CHARCOT - European CHARCOT Foundation
- MS Support - International MS Support Foundation
- Myelin Project - The Myelin Project
- MS Society USA - National MS Society (USA)
- MS Sociery UK - MS Society (UK)
- Consortium of MS Centers - The Consortium of MS Centers
More info: Greek Multiple Sclerosis Society (www.gmss.gr)
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