Cher (born Cherilyn Sarkisian) is a world-famous US singer and actress.
Illness[edit | edit source]
"In the early 1990s, she contracted the Epstein-Barr virus and developed chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), which left her too exhausted to sustain her music and film careers." Cher was diagnosed with CEBV (Chronic Epstein-Barr virus) and reputedly went to Brussels, Belgium for treatment and recovered.
Interviews[edit | edit source]
When asked in a BBC interview if she thought the illness was psychosomatic, Cher replied, “My experience was that it was really a physical illness — but it does make you depressed as well ... Boy, it was devastating for me.”"
Online presence[edit | edit source]
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References[edit | edit source]
chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - A fatigue-based illness. The term CFS was invented invented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control as an replacement for myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). Some view CFS as a neurological disease, others use the term for any unexplained long-term fatigue. Sometimes used as a the term as a synonym of myalgic encephalomyelitis, despite the different diagnostic criteria.
somatic symptom disorder - A psychiatric term to describe an alleged condition whereby a person's thoughts somehow cause physical symptoms. The actual existence of such a condition is highly controversial, due to a lack of scientific evidence. It is related to other psychiatric terms, such as "psychosomatic", "neurasthenia", and "hysteria". Older terms include "somatization", "somatoform disorder", and "conversion disorder". Such terms refer to a scientifically-unsupported theory that claims that a wide range of physical symptoms can be created by the human mind, a theory which has been criticized as "mind over matter" parapsychology, a pseudoscience. Although "Somatic Symptom Disorder" is the term used by DSM-5, the term "Bodily Distress Disorder" has been proposed for ICD-11. (Learn more: www.psychologytoday.com)