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Guidelines

Psychological interventions for people with Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, and multiple sclerosis

27 January 2021

This guidance was facilitated by a grant from the Division of Clinical Psychology, part of the British Psychological Society and with the support of the BPS’s Faculty for the Psychology of Older People (FPOP). The support and endorsement of the Division of Neuropsychology is also gratefully acknowledged.

The aim of this guidance is to provide evidence-based recommendations for providing psychological support to individuals living with the following four motor neurodegenerative conditions:

  • Huntington’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • motor neurone disease
  • multiple sclerosis

This guidance focuses on psychological interventions for specific psychological outcomes in adults experiencing each of these four neurological conditions.

For Huntington’s disease we have also included interventions for people who have received a positive genetic test result meaning they will go on to develop the disease, but have not yet developed symptoms, as individuals can still experience psychological difficulties in this period.

This guidance is for all psychologists, and other health professionals, who may work with individuals with these conditions and who wish to have easy access to up-to-date guidance and recommendations.

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