Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exercise can Treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Effectively

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Graded Exercise Therapy can be very effective in treating patients suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis according to the researchers from the King’s College London, Queen Mary University London and the University of Edinburgh. The researchers assessed four different treatments and found GET and CBT to be quite effective.

CFS/ME is a debilitating condition where the patient feels fatigue, has poor concentration and other symptoms like sleep disorder, muscle pain etc. The exact cause of the condition is not yet known. The condition might become severe in the long run. Millions of people in the United Kingdom are affected by CFS/ME.

The study was performed on 641 people with CFS/ME. They allocated one of the four available treatments in a random manner. 160 patients received only the specialist medical care, the other three got specialist medical care along with either adaptive pacing therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy or graded exercise therapy. It was noticed that about 60% of the patients benefited by the therapies. The researchers are positive that the findings will help many people suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

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