Assessment and Treatment of Patients with ME/CFS:
Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists
Author: Eleanor Stein MD FRCP(C)
This paper will:
Explain why ME/CFS is not a psychiatric disorder despite that a significant subgroup of patients have psychiatric diagnoses.
Outline how to differentiate the symptoms of ME/CFS from those of depression and anxiety.
Suggest a treatment approach for common psychiatric symptoms in patients with ME/CFS.
Summarize psychological treatment issues in patients with ME/CFS.
Explain issues relevant to children and adolescents with ME/CFS.
Discuss the treatment issues of drug sensitivity and the utility of Cognitive
Behavior Therapy and Graded Exercise in patients with ME/CFS.
Full document at http://fm-cfs.ca/Psychiatry-overview.pdf
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