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Illness duration, mood and symptom impact in adolescents with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis?
  1. Francesca K Neale1,
  2. Deborah Christie2,
  3. Dougal S Hargreaves3,
  4. Terry Y Segal4
  1. 1 Medical School, University College London, London, UK
  2. 2 Department of Child and Adolescent Psychological Medicine, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  3. 3 Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College London, London, UK
  4. 4 Department of Paediatrics, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Francesca K Neale, Medical School, University College London, London WC1E 6BT, UK; francesca.neale.14{at}ucl.ac.uk

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Chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) is a disabling condition that affects 0.4% to 2.4%1 of adolescents in the UK. Previous studies have reported high levels of anxiety, depression and worry among adolescents with CFS/ME.2 In adult studies, concerns have been raised about delays in accessing specialist CFS/ME services and the impact of delays on patients’ health and well-being.3 4 In this study, we aimed first to assess the prevalence of self-reported anxiety/depression, worry and degree of symptom impact among our patient population of adolescents with CFS/ME. We then investigated whether longer illness duration was associated with higher prevalence of self-reported anxiety/depression, worry and symptom impact at initial assessment.

One hundred and nine adolescents, aged 10 to 18 years (median 15.9 years), with a diagnosis of CFS/ME based …

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