By DAVID TULLER, March 4, 2011:
No one disputes that many people with chronic fatigue syndrome also suffer from depression. The question is which came first. Are patients depressed because a terrible disease has robbed them of their lives, or is the illness itself a somatic expression of an underlying depression?
To researchers who believe that chronic fatigue syndrome is merely a psychological condition, that distinction may not seem important. But it matters deeply to those convinced it is a viral disease, who say the exercise therapy advised by the Lancet study can cause major relapses in people with chronic fatigue syndrome — a claim supported by some patient surveys. Read more>>