Two studies conducted revealed that the main causes for chronic fatigue symptoms which affected at least a million Americans are childhood trauma combined with stress or emotional instability at any point in one’s life. The studies revealed in the November issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.
“We’re not talking about a bunch of stressed-out people. We’re talking about the biological underpinnings of a real and very debilitating illness,” according to r. Nancy Klimas, a professor of medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, who did not take part in either of the study. “We’re trying to remove the stigma of a psychiatric overlay and put it back in biology, where it belongs.”
Experts find the study intriguing but they believed that these could form a foundation for further studies.
“These are interesting elementary papers,” said Dr. Charles Goodstein, a psychoanalyst and clinical professor of psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. “These studies bear out what we have learned in medicine and in psychiatry: Illnesses of all types are determined in large part by an interplay of genetically determined predispositions and environmental factors.”
“CFS remains an elusive condition,” Goodstein continued. “It seriously incapacitates patients, but physicians are stumped by the lack of objective signs on physical examination.”
Some 1 million people in the United States are estimated to suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), costing the country some $9 billion annually, and each family $20,000 a year in lost earnings. The condition is often found in women aged 40 to 59, and is marked by a several debilitating symptoms, such as unexplained fatigue, problems sleeping, problems with memory and concentration, and pain.

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