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      Mental Health Awareness Month 2022 in the United States began on Sunday, May 1, and ends on Tuesday, May 31. Patients with muscular dystrophy commonly have psychological disorders like depression, anxiety, cognitive deficits, etc., which likely exacerbates disease progression and worsens the quality of life. Both muscular dystrophy and behavioral disorders are associated with autonomic dysregulation.

      According to the CDC, adults with disabilities report experiencing frequent mental distress almost five times as often as adults without disabilities. For those living with neuromuscular disease and caregivers, mental health is a critical component of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

      What resources are available to support your mental health needs? How do you handle stress?

      Here is an example of a mental health resource. This page helps you find a licensed mental health professional.

      First, you enter your zip code or provider information. Then, be sure to leverage the filter options on the left-hand side of the page to narrow your search. There are multiple applicable Practice Areas you can filter by, such as chronic illness, depression, disability, family, grief/loss, physical illness/impairment, neuropsychology, and stress.

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