Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in School-Going Children in the UK

by Kathy Jones on  December 13, 2011 at 7:02 PM Child Health News
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One in a hundred school going children may be suffering from an undiagnosed condition known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) or chronic fatigue syndrome, forcing them to remain absent from school, says a new study.
 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in School-Going Children in the UK
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in School-Going Children in the UK

The study, published in the British Medical Journal, observed more than 2,800 children and found that around 28 children missed school due to this condition. The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Bristol who warned that the condition could be "potentially devastating".

All of the students involved in the study were in between 11 and 16 years of age and were from secondary schools in Bath. The researchers found that while five of the students had been diagnosed with the condition, the other 23 had been identified through the study.

"Chronic fatigue is an important cause of unexplained absence from school. Children diagnosed through school-based clinics are less severely affected than those referred to specialist services and appear to make rapid progress when they access treatment", the researchers wrote in their report.

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I do not agree that chronic fatigue and ME are the same. Chronic fatigue is chronic fatigue.. It is unreliable to state that ME is just fatigue as other diseases also give you chronic fatigue. Chronic fatigue is not exclusive to ME. . Why use this one symptom to define what ME is when you also have some equally distressing symptoms such as poor memory terrible concentration and generally feel diabolically ill... Esther crawley who did this research along with a psychiatrist from Kings collage London are CLAIMIN ME is just fatigue requiring psychological therapies such as graded exercise ,cognitive behaviour therapy and the lightning process on ME patients . Many people who have tried these therapies have found that they make their ME worse. Esther Crawley can only claim that these therapies are moderately affective so far from a cure .Also Esther and the prominent psychiatrist from Kings collage London have come out in the media attacking very ill powerless ME patients as nasty vile abusive and dangerous . These are people who demand respect yet show little respect for the people they claim to care about.

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