Depression is a complication in most chronic disease processes. It prohibits the patient from healing, makes symptoms like pain more difficult to manage and generally decreases the patients' quality of life.
For those who deal with chronically ill patients, this is not new information. However, with Multiple Sclerosis, depression is not just a complication, but could actually be one of the presenting symptoms of the disease.
Caregiving is a very difficult job. It is 24/7 and emotionally and physically challenging. Those who have cared for someone with a chronic illness know well the difficulty in daily living for both the patient and the caregiver.