CFS/ME is characterized by 6 months of fatigue (that doesn't disappear with sleep or rest) significant enough to interfere with daily activities and 4 or more symptoms which include cognitive problems, sleep problems, sensitivity to light, depression, headaches, joint pains, recurrent flu-like symptoms etc.
Published on: 06/28/2017
From a population-based study; 2.40% of 18 year olds suffer with chronic disabling fatigue (CDF a proxy for clinically diagnosed CFS/ME); females outnumber males, many with depressive symptoms.
- CDF increases throughout adolescence from 13-18 years with 2.99% being clinically diagnosed. Persistence is rare
- Approximately 75% recover over 2-3 years