- Francesco Pagnini
- Published Online:
- 25 Jun 2012
- Volume/Issue No:
- Volume 48 Issue 3
Psychological wellbeing and quality of life in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: A review
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a fatal neurodegenerative disease with a progressive and rapid course that, so far, cannot be stopped or reversed. The psychological impact of the disease is huge, on both patients and caregivers. This review summarizes studies that have investigated quality of life, depression, anxiety, pain, spiritual and existential issues, hope, and hopelessness in the ALS field, with attention to both patients and their caregivers. Psychological support and the possible role of psychologists in the ALS field are also discussed.
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