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  • 1/11/2009

Childhood trauma increases CFS risk


Children who experience serious childhood traumas are at a greater risk of suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome later on in life.

According to the study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, trauma, emotional maltreatment and neglect in children increases the risk of CFS by six-fold. Childhood abuse has the strongest effect in this regard.


Certain childhood experiences affect brain development, leading to altered body reactions to stress. Low concentrations of cortisol, the stress hormone, are believed to influence the condition.


Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) is characterized by long-term and sometimes debilitating tiredness that is not relieved by rest or sleep.


The condition can also be triggered by a wide range of factors including glandular fever, chickenpox, shingles, viral meningitis, gastroenteritis, salmonella and Lyme disease.

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