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“Depression” is a term commonly applied to a wide variety of emotional states ranging from feeling down for a few hours on a given day to severe clinical depression that may last for several months.
Depression in its various forms is one of the most common symptoms of multiple sclerosis. In fact, studies have suggested that clinical depression the most severe form is more frequent among people with MS than it is in the general population or in many other chronic illnesses. Depression is equally common in other immune-mediated, neuroinflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease suggesting that inflammation is a contributing factor to depression in these conditions.