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The Management of Major Depressive Episodes, Stress, Grieving and Anxiety in Multiple Sclerosis

Amy Sullivan, Psy.D, Cleveland Clinic Behavioral Health Specialist - Speaker Bio
Amy MB Sullivan, Psy. D. is Staff Clinical Psychologist and the Director of Behavioral Medicine at the Mellen Center for MS Treatment and Research at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Sullivan received her doctorate degree at Argosy University-Atlanta, her internship at the University of Cincinnati, and her fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Pain Medicine. Prior to her graduate studies, she was a Division 1 basketball player at St. Bonaventure University, where she received her degree in psychology and chemistry.

Dr. Sullivan is the training director for behavioral medicine at the Mellen Center where she trains multiple student clinicians and researchers. She is also the principal investigator for several clinical trials at the Mellen Center, where her research interests are focused on MS, pain, exercise and behavioral medicine. She is passionate about physician and caregiver self-care, burnout and psychological health and spearheaded the efforts for Mellen Center to win the National Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award, Best Practice by the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Sullivan’s clinical interests are in individual, family and group work with patients and family members affected by MS.
  • Topic Info:Depression is very common in people with multiple sclerosis (MS). In fact, symptoms of depression severe enough to require medical intervention affect up to half of all people with MS at some point during their illness. Depression may be the result of a difficult situation or stress.

    It is easy to understand how having MS, with its potential for progressing to permanent disability, can bring on depression, stress, grieving and anxiety. Emotional liability can be one of the most challenging aspects of MS from the standpoint of family life.

    Learn how anti-depressant medications, professional counseling, support groups and stress management strategies can help people with MS. We're Talking About Your Health with Cleveland Clinic.