Understanding Long-Term Outcomes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

A follow-up study of 25 adolescents diagnosed by Dr. David Bell with CFS between 1984 and 1987 found that 20 of the 25 no longer carryied a diagnosis of CFS while five reported that they still had CFS. The status of 10 healthy adults from Dr. Bell’s practice was compared to both the “persist” group of five patients and the 20 individuals in the “remit” group. All measures were self-report. Although 75 percent of the 20 “remit” patients reported being in good health, they scored 32.55 on symptom severity, compared to 6.1 for the healthy adults (who were 10 years older on average) and 58.2 for the “persist” group of 5 patients. “Those individuals who considered themselves as no longer impaired by CFS were more disabled and symptomatic than controls who had never been diagnosed with CFS…Findings from this study underscore the chronicity of adolescent CFS and the need for effective medical treatments.” (Journal of Clinical Psychology, June 29, 2012)

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