By: Fergus Bescoby, underwriting development manager at PruProtect
The World Health Organisation’s International Classification of Disease lists ME as a disorder of the nervous system, under Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome.
There is no known cure for ME/CFS although treatment may help to manage and ease the symptoms.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a short-term psychological treatment that helps to challenge negative thoughts, feelings and behaviour which can often be associated with ME.
ME can be a significant morbidity problem though, with the condition frequently resulting in long periods of disability. This can be put down to the nature of the illness, lack of appropriate treatment and the reluctance of those affected to accept this.
The natural course of the illness is a slow recovery with many individuals remaining disabled for years with no apparent signs of recovery. Depression can often play a large part in this illness and needs to be taken into account in the overall assessment.
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