تجربه بیماری، افسردگی و اضطراب در سندرم خستگی مزمن
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|33136||2002||5 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||3462 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of Psychosomatic Research, Volume 52, Issue 6, June 2002, Pages 461–465
Objective: Given the high rate of psychiatric comorbidity with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), we considered two possible correlates of anxiety and depression: lack of illness legitimization and beliefs about limiting physical activity. Method: A total of 105 people diagnosed with CFS reported on their experiences with medical professionals and their beliefs about recovery and completed the depression and anxiety subscales of the Brief Symptom Inventory. Results: Those who said that their physician did not legitimize their illness (36%) had higher depression and anxiety scores (P's<.05) than their counterparts. Those who believed that limiting their physical exertion was the path to recovery (55%) had lower depression and anxiety scores (P's<.01) than their counterparts. Conclusion: Lack of illness legitimization ranked high as a source of dissatisfaction for CFS patients, and it may aggravate psychiatric morbidity. Many CFS patients believed that staying within what they felt to be their physical limits would improve their condition. This belief, and possibly an accompanying sense of control over their symptoms, may alleviate psychiatric morbidity.
Investigations of the rate of comorbidity of depression and anxiety with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) suggest that approximately half of CFS patients experience anxiety and depressive disorders ,  and . Moreover, the physical symptoms of CFS are similar to those of depression . Attendant with these inquiries are discussions of whether depression or anxiety are causes or results of CFS ,  and . The dispute over the relations between CFS and depression or anxiety notwithstanding, it is important to delineate factors related to increased depression and anxiety in CFS patients. CFS is characterized by debilitating fatigue that persists for more than 6 months, impairs functioning to less than 50% of premorbid levels, and cannot be attributable to any other illness—a set of criteria adopted by the Centers for Disease Control . Additional minor criteria may include decreased ability to concentrate, mild fever, sore throat, and tender lymph nodes. Estimates of point prevalence rates suggest that between 0.3% and 2% of the population has CFS  and . Those with CFS experience an illness of unknown etiology and uncertain organic pathology, receive a diagnosis of exclusion, and often undertake treatments of ineffective or undetermined impact. An illness of stealth, CFS continues to evade endeavors to locate a specific biological marker. Faced with such an illness, physicians may be tempted to minimize the reality of the illness, to attribute it to a psychological cause, or simply to avoid diagnosing the patient with what the physician may believe is a potentially harmful label. Yet, these approaches may be perceived negatively by some patients with CFS, prompting feelings of isolation and shame  and . A recent study by Deale and Wessely  found that patient dissatisfaction was associated with delay, dispute, or confusion over diagnosis, and with diagnoses of a psychiatric nature. For these reasons, we anticipated that those with CFS mentioning a lack of legitimization by their physician would report more depression and anxiety than those not citing such a lack of legitimization. The concept of legitimization of an illness (which has been previously articulated by Ware ) indicates that—according to patient perception—the physician formally acknowledges the reality of the patient's experiences and approaches the illness as though it were any other process in need of medical attention. The effectiveness of various therapies for CFS is disputed, but there is mounting evidence that cognitive behavioral therapy can improve fatigue and day-to-day functioning, primarily by altering illness beliefs and coping mechanisms, building the patient's sense of control over their symptoms, and encouraging steady activity ,  and . The belief that exercise must be avoided has been found to predict poor outcome ,  and . In fact, there is disagreement about the virtues of rest versus exercise in the management of CFS. Whereas the dominant scientific paradigm denounces “rest cure” therapy for CFS, instead advising graded exercise ,  and , an alternative voice claims the necessity of rest, giving credence to patients' fears of adverse effects from exercise . Those with CFS have been found to disagree with many physicians about the effects of rest, tending to believe that increased rest is the most appropriate form of therapy . Given this, we anticipated that CFS patients who recognized the importance of staying within their physical limitations (which may allow for both rest and activity) would report less depression and anxiety than their counterparts.