Risk factors for suicide in chronic fatigue syndrome

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) includes symptoms such as post-exertional malaise, unrefreshing sleep, and cognitive impairments. Several studies suggest these patients have an increased risk of suicidal ideation and early mortality, although few have published in this area. This study explores risk factors for suicide among 64 individuals with ME/CFS using archival data, 17 of[…]

Suicidal ideation in non-depressed individuals: The effects of a chronic, misunderstood illness

Chronic illness is a risk factor for suicide but is often explained with depression. Research has shown an increased suicide rate in patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis and chronic fatigue syndrome, but specific risk factors have been unexplored. We qualitatively analyzed responses from 29 patients who endorsed suicidal ideation but did not meet depression criteria. Two[…]

Mortality of people with chronic fatigue syndrome: A retrospective cohort study in England and Wales from the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Biomedical Research Centre (SLaM BRC) Clinical Record Interactive Search (CRIS) Register.

Mortality associated with chronic fatigue syndrome is uncertain. We investigated mortality in individuals diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome in secondary and tertiary care using data from the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Biomedical Research Centre (SLaM BRC) Clinical Record Interactive Search (CRIS) register. We did not note increased all-cause mortality in people with[…]

Suicide risk in people with chronic fatigue syndrome.

The risk of dying is increased in many illnesses, but the mortality associated with chronic fatigue syndrome is relatively unexplored. In The Lancet, Emmert Roberts and colleagues 1 report results from a case register study that linked the clinical details of more than 2000 people with chronic fatigue syndrome presenting to a specialist clinic (in[…]

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Attitudes Regarding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: the Importance of a Name

Undergraduates from diverse academic backgrounds & medical trainees were assessed regarding their attitudes about & familiarity with chronic fatigue syndrome. The authors found that participants’ attributions toward the illness varied with names used to characterize it (CFS, myalgic encephalopathy, or Florence Nightingale disease). Medical trainees were more likely to consider the illness a form of[…]

A Report of the CFS/ME Working Group

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME) is a genuine illness which imposes a substantial burden on the health of the UK population. Improvement of health & social care for people affected by this condition is an urgent chanllenge. This report proposes ways in which clinicians & the National Health Service might respond to that challenge. The report[…]

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Suicide: Case Studies

This presentation provides a historical view on the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) & notes that a literature review did not produce any references to suicide in CFS populations. 2 case summaries are provided as an aid in understanding the physical, psychological, & social impacts of CFS. They raise the question of CFS as a risk[…]

Suicidal Behavior in Patients With the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The authors studied the potential for suicidal behaviour in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome. 269 patients with chronic fatigue were evaluated. Of the 86 patients who met criteria for chronic fatigue syndrome, 13 reported attempting suicide at least once, compared to 3 of 86 age & sex matched fatigued controls from the same sample. It[…]

Depression and Somatization in the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

60 patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) were matched with controls to study the prevalence, clinical features & diagnostic associations of CFS & to assess the usefulness of a psychiatric interview to detect previously unrecognized psychiatric morbidity. A trend toward suicidal behaviour was noted in CFS patients. It was also found that psychiatric disorders often[…]