Resources for More Information and References

The resources to follow offer support, advocacy, and information about depression (the first three can provide specifics on depression and MS). Many of these resources can assist with locating a mental health professional and treatment center in your area.

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
Helpline: (800) 532-7667

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
Phone: (888) 673-6287

National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Phone: (800) 344-4867

Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
Phone: (800) 477-8892 or (303) 422-8436

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Phone: (800) 826-3632 or (312) 642-0049

Families for Depression Awareness
Phone: (781) 890-0220

International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred)
Phone: (410) 268-0044
Website: or

Mental Health America
Formerly known as National Mental Health Association (NMHA)
Phone: (800) 969-6642 or (703) 684-7722
TTY: (800) 433-5959

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Phone: (800) 950-6264 or (703) 524-7600

National Institute of Mental Health
Information Resources and Inquiries Branch
Phone: (866) 615-6464 or (301) 443-4513
TTY: (301) 443-8431 or (866) 415-8051

Suicide Hotline and Website

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Phone: (800) 273-8255

Recommended Reading

Allen J.G., Coping with Depression: From Catch-22 to Hope, American Psychiatric Publishing, 2005.

Burns D.D., Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, Avon Books, 1999.

DePaulo J.R., How to Cope with Depression, Ballantine Books, 1996.

Henry A.D., et al, Parenting Well When You’re Depressed: A Complete Resource for Maintaining a Healthy Family, New Harbinger Publications, 2001.

Kbat-Zinn J., Full Catastrophe Living, Bantam Dell Publishing, 1990.

Naparstek B., Staying Well with Guided Imagery, Warner Books, 1994.

Shadday A., MS and Your Feelings: Handling the Ups and Downs of Multiple Sclerosis, Hunter House Publishers, 2006.

Solomon A., The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, Simon & Schuster, 2001.

References Used for This Booklet

American Psychiatric Association, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition, DSM-IV, 1994.

Courtney S.W., “Recognizing, understanding, and treating depression,” Multiple Sclerosis Association of America’s magazine, The Motivator, Winter 2003, pp. 9-21.

Depression and Multiple Sclerosis, National Multiple Sclerosis Society brochure, 2003.

Haidt J., The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding the Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom, pg. 93, Basic Books, 2006.

Halper J. and Holland, N.J., Comprehensive Nursing Care in Multiple Sclerosis (second edition), Demos Medical Publishing, 2002.

Harvard Mental Health Letter, Sept. 2004.

Jablow M.M., “On: depression and MS,” revised from InsideMS, Vol. 11, No. 3, National Multiple Sclerosis Society magazine.

Kohn A., “Beyond selfishness,” Psychology Today, October 1988.

Mann J., “The neurobiology of suicide,” Lifesavers, 10, no. 4 (1998).

Ratliff C., “Mental health in children of parents with MS,” Multiple Sclerosis Foundation’s MSFocus magazine, Vol. 9,
Issue 1, Winter 2007.

Scelfo J., “Men & depression: facing darkness,” Newsweek, February 26, 2007.

Schapiro R.T., et al, “Sexuality and MS,” web article previously found at: 1.html, 2005.

“The changing rate of major depression,” Journal of the American Medical Association 268, no. 21, 1992.

Various statistics and definitions confirmed through: Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance; National Institute of Mental Health; United States Department of Health & Human Services; and WebMD.

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