Coping in Neurological Disorders

Amanda R. Rabinowitz, Peter A. Arnett

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Although there is an elevated occurrence of depression in neurological disorder patients relative to the general population, it is somewhat remarkable that over half of patients manage to maintain healthy mood states in the face of disease-related stress and possible damage to mood-regulating neural systems. Coping is one of the best-studied positive health-promoting factors, and decades of research have demonstrated that coping style modulates the relationship between stress and negative emotional states. Research on coping in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) has demonstrated that active and problem-focused coping strategies are associated with better adjustment and decreased likelihood of depression. Although cognitive deficits are often related to depression in these populations, research suggests that the use of active coping strategies may mitigate the negative effects of this stressor. However, evidence also indicates that cognitive deficits may result in diminished ability to use adaptive active coping strategies and a concomitant increased reliance on maladaptive coping. The clinical implications of these research findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPositive Neuropsychology
Subtitle of host publicationEvidence-Based Perspectives on Promoting Brain and Cognitive Health, Second Edition
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783031113895
ISBN (Print)9783031113888
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology
  • General Medicine

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