Patient mental health
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The 2015 Institute of Medicine report stated that ME "is a medical—not a psychiatric or psychological—illness"
Notable studies[edit | edit source]
- 1994, Chronic fatigue syndrome and psychiatric diseases
- 2009, Psychiatric comorbidity in persons with chronic fatigue syndrome identified from the Georgia population
- 2010, Psychiatric misdiagnoses in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (Tara Lawn, Praveen Kumar, Bernice Knight, Michael Sharpe, Peter White)
CDC Study[edit | edit source]
At the CDC Grand Rounds event in February 2016 Doctor Elizabeth Unger showed the following slide summarizing preliminary, unpublished data from the CDC Multi-site Clinical Assessment of CFS on the function of the study's patient group. The red markers show normal values for healthy people. The blue boxes represent the range for study participants, with the diamonds showing the study participants' average score. The chart demonstrates near-normal mental health and emotional role functioning, but very poor physical function.
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Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.