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A qualitative investigation of eating difficulties in adolescents with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis.

Authors
  • Harris, Sarah1
  • Gilbert, Matthew2
  • Beasant, Lucy2
  • Linney, Catherine3
  • Broughton, Jessica2
  • Crawley, Esther2
  • 1 1 South Wales Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology, Cardiff University, UK.
  • 2 2 Centre for Child and Adolescent Health, School of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol, UK.
  • 3 3 Department of Psychology, Durham University, UK.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Clinical child psychology and psychiatry
Publication Date
January 2017
Volume
22
Issue
1
Pages
128–139
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1359104516646813
PMID: 27215228
Source
Medline
Keywords
License
Unknown

Abstract

If adolescents diagnosed with CFS/ME develop eating difficulties, this has a significant impact on their quality of life, illness and on their families. Not eating increases fatigue, low mood and anxiety which further exacerbates the eating difficulties. Clinicians should screen for eating difficulties in those with symptoms of nausea and abdominal pain, warn adolescents and their families of the risk of developing eating difficulties and provide interventions and support as early as possible.

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