Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) in young people may be regarded as a modern disease. The syndrome became an established part of clinical paediatric practice in western countries over the turn of the 20th century. Interest has grown speedily however, and now a number of countries have developed guidelines for assessment and treatment. Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disorder characterised by severe, persistent, impairing fatigue together with a number of other symptoms, all of which are unexplained by a medical or psychiatric disorder. Over the past two decades, a concerted effort was made to rigorously define the basic features of the disorder to aid both clinical work and research. This has resulted in the development of a well-defined chronic fatigue syndrome meeting all diagnostic criteria and a sub-syndromal chronic fatigue-like state meeting most but not all diagnostic criteria. In clinical practice, the differentiation between the two is not always clear-cut, and this chapter will consider both chronic CFS and chronic fatigue-like states.


Young People Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Physical Symptom Young Person Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Imperial College LondonLondonUK

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