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Risk Factors For Suicide In Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Wednesday 17 June 2020
Please note: This article contains references to death. If you have feelings of helplessness, or of suicidal thoughts, seek help immediately. Lifeline is an excellent starting point: Lifeline – Suicide Prevention resources and links.
From the medical journal Death Studies:
Risk factors for suicide in chronic fatigue syndrome
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) includes symptoms such as post-exertional malaise, unrefreshing sleep, and cognitive impairments.
Several studies suggest these patients have an increased risk of suicidal ideation and early mortality, although few have published in this area.
This study explores risk factors for suicide among 64 individuals with ME/CFS using archival data, 17 of which died from suicide.
Results indicated an increased risk of suicide for those utilizing the label CFS, for those with limited overall functioning, and for those without comorbid illnesses. Findings suggest that stigma and functional impairments limit access to care and social supports.
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