Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: What do we Know About its Aetiology & Treatment?


The historical development of the concept of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) as a disease entity as well as the proposed management strategies has been contentious. This illness which is ever-growing has significant social, personal and economic costs for the society in general and the individuals suffering from it in particular. We acknowledge the heterogeneity of this syndrome and attempt to highlight the current evidence base around the aetiological hypothesis of this 'mysterious' illness. Finally the treatments that can potentially affect the course, outcome and quality of life of the sufferers are discussed. The article calls for further research and development in order to reach a consensus on the diagnostic criteria and the determinants of biological and psychological parameters to serve as markers of treatment response.

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Abbasi Y. , Khokhar W. & Mubashir Ali M. (2010) “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: What do we Know About its Aetiology & Treatment?”, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice. 7(1). doi:






Yasir Abbasi
Waqqas Khokhar

Mohammed Mubashir Ali




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