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Childhood trauma linked to CFS later in life
Wednesday 7 January 2009
MedPage Today reports that “Patients who experienced emotional or physical trauma during childhood appear to be at increased risk of developing chronic fatigue syndrome as adults, researchers here found”.
The article goes on:
Those who reported abuse or neglect during childhood were 5.6 times more likely to suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome than other adults living in Georgia (OR 5.6, 95% 3.1 to 10.0, P<0.001), Christine Heim, Ph.D., of Emory University, and colleagues reported in the January issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.
"It is important to emphasize that not all patients with chronic fatigue syndrome have been through childhood trauma," Dr. Heim said. "Chronic fatigue syndrome may be part of a spectrum of disorders associated with childhood adversity, which includes depression and anxiety disorders."
Childhood trauma was also associated with decreased salivary cortisol concentrations after awakening compared with controls, indicating neuroendocrine dysfunction, which is a feature of chronic fatigue syndrome.
"This possibly reflects a biological correlate of vulnerability due to early developmental insults," the researchers said.
You can read the full article here.
The original abstract is here.
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