Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is one of the most enigmatic medical disorders of our time, striking adults most often in their most productive years. With the controversial debate over cause and treatment of the illness in mind, the authors seek to unravel many of the questions surrounding the disorder and its features and characteristics.
Integrating an overview of the latest research with patients' personal experiences, they look at CFS in relation to:
* clinical features
* personal and economic implications
* biological and psychosocial factors
* experiencing symptoms
* coping with the illness.
This book will provide hope for people with chronic fatigue syndrome and will assist health professionals in working with people with CFS to improve their quality of life.
Table of Contents
1. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Then and Now 2. Contemporary Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Unique Entity? 3. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome as a Biomedical Illness: Objective Findings and the Patients' Perspective 4. Psychiatric Illness and the Social Context of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 5. Making Sense of Symptoms in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 6. Illness Representations and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 7. Coping in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; References