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'It's All In Your Head': Half Of UK Patients With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Claim They Are Dismissed By Doctors Who Say The Illness Is Psychological

Saturday 12 January 2019


From The Daily Mail:


Man at desk
Almost half of people suffering with
chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) have been
dismissed by doctors who tell them it's
'all in their heads', a study has found.
(Photo: Shutterstock/Elnur)

'It's all in your head': Half of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome claim they are dismissed by doctors who say the illness is psychological

  • Study found that 40% of patients avoided A&E due to bad experiences
  • There is a 'profound lack of understanding' in A&E, study authors said
  • The condition, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome, can be misdiagnosed

By Vanessa Chalmers, Health Reporter for MailOnline
11 January 2019
© Associated Newspapers Ltd

Almost half of people suffering with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) have been dismissed by doctors who claim their illness is psychological.

Scientists have warned there is a 'profound' lack of understanding of the condition, also known as ME, in hospital settings. 

Around 40 per cent of patients avoid going to A&E in fear they won't be taken seriously because of claims it's 'all in their heads', a study found.

The Georgetown University Medical Centre study is the first known investigation into how CFS is treated in the emergency department.

It suggests the majority of patients are not receiving proper care, or being misdiagnosed with something else.


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