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Correspondence to William C. Reeves, MD, MSc, Public Health Surveillance Program Office, Mail Stop E-33, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30333 (USA), Tel. +1 404 498 6521, E-Mail wcr1@cdc.gov

The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.


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C.H. has received/receives funding or fees from NIMH, NARSAD, ADAA, Center for Behavioral Neuroscience/SNF, CDC, Eli Lilly, Novartis, and CeNeRx.


  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic
  • Georgia
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Self Report

Coping styles in chronic fatigue syndrome: Findings from a population-based study


Journal Title:

Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics


Volume 81, Number 2


, Pages 127-129

Type of Work:

Article | Final Publisher PDF


Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a common and debilitating illness [1]. As yet the pathophysiology of CFS remains inchoate, so pharmacologic management aims to alleviate symptoms and is not curative. Cognitive-behavioral therapy and graded exercise therapy appear to be the most effective treatments for CFS [2]. Such therapies require that patients understand, adhere to and practice specific activities to manage their thoughts and expenditure of physical energy. This necessary understanding and commitment are heavily impacted by patients’ coping styles and concomitant psychopathology. In a previous population-based study, we found that people with CFS were significantly more likely to use maladaptive everyday coping strategies than non-fatigued matched controls [3]. In another population-based study, we found that about 60% of people with CFS suffered psychiatric comorbidity; in particular affective and anxiety disorders [4], and displayed maladaptive personality styles [5]. In the current population-based study, we examined coping styles in CFS and how these are affected by depression and anxiety.

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