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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Could be Alleviated by Behavior Therapy

by Kathy Jones on February 18, 2011 at 7:37 PM
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 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Could be Alleviated by Behavior Therapy

A new report published in the journal, The Lancet, suggests that people who are suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as ME, should undergo a behavioral therapy that includes helping the do more work than they think it is possible for them to do.

A group of British researchers conducted the study in which 641 patients suffering from ME took part. Different treatments were used by the researchers as they looked to check which treatment was most successful in overcome the condition.

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The researchers found that cognitive behavioral therapy, which emphasizes on how people think, was the most successful with over 30 percent of the patients returning to normal levels while graded exercise therapy was also found to have a positive impact.

"One of the difficulties in the field is ambiguity, what is the cause and most importantly, what is the treatment? The evidence up to now has remained controversial. The helpful thing about this trial is that it actually gives pretty clear cut evidence about effectiveness and safety", lead researcher Professor Michael Sharpe said.


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