Mental ability and emotional condition in diagnosing multiple sclerosis

The doctor may ask you to repeat a series of numbers or answer simple questions about dates, places, and current events. The doctor can usually judge your emotional condition during the exam by paying attention to your actions and statements.

If the doctor suspects mental problems caused by multiple sclerosis (MS), he or she may order tests designed to identify more subtle changes than the ones that may be evident from the brief mental section of the neurological examination. For more information, see the Exams and Tests section of this topic.

Last Updated: February 18, 2010

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