ProHealth health Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help

|
|
|
|

Trending News

CDC Whistleblower Reveals Widespread Manipulation of Scientific Data and Top-Down Pressure on CDC Sc...

Do gut bacteria rule our minds?

Fatigue & Fibro Fog: Could You Have a B-12 Deficiency?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Unlocking the Secrets of Peppermint, Acacia and Fennel

9 Health Benefits of Cucumbers

Preserving Cognitive Function with Aging

Antibiotics in early life may alter immunity long-term

Coenzyme Q10 Benefits Symptoms in Gulf War Veterans: Results of a Randomized Double-Blind Study

Low vitamin D levels linked to increased risks after noncardiac surgery

Depression Linked to Parkinson's Disease

 
Print Page
Email Article

Does Coping Matter? Study Challenges Medical Value of CBT and GET

  [ 4 votes ]   [ 3 Comments ]
By Abigail A Brown et al. • www.ProHealth.com • April 22, 2013


Editor's Comment: This empirical study tested the theory that coping strategies (Self-Distraction, Active Coping, Behavioral Disengagement, Planning, Acceptance, and Self-Blame) lead to an improvement in health among people with CFS/ME. Coping strategies are an integral part of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), whose proponents maintain that teaching individuals with CFS/ME how to better cope with their illness will lead to better health outcomes. The findings of this study suggest that "adaptive coping strategies were not associated with improved health." Further, the researchers found that in regard to Graded Exercise Therapy (GET) "the general pattern of results does not suggest that pushing beyond one’s limits would be beneficial with regards to symptomatology or functionality." The results of this study directly challenge the claims made in the January 2013 White et al. study, "Recovery from chronic fatigue syndrome after treatments given in the PACE trial."

Note: A PDF file of the full paper can be requested from Abigail Brown at: abrown57@depaul.edu 

Examining the energy envelope and associated symptom patterns in chronic fatigue syndrome: does coping matter?

By Abigail A Brown et al.

Objective/Hypothesis: The objective of this study was to examine sub-types of individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome based on variables that are associated with the energy envelope theory and to examine the role of coping strategies in explaining the differences found between the subtypes.

Methods: Cluster analysis was used. Grouping variables included physical functioning, post-exertional malaise severity, and the extent to which an individual was outside of the energy envelope. These clusters were evaluated using discriminant function analysis to determine whether they could be differentiated based on coping styles.

Results: Cluster analysis identified three groups. Clusters 1 and 2 were consistent with the energy envelope theory. However, Cluster 3 was characterized by patients with the most impairment, but they were to a lesser extent exceeding their energy envelope. Coping strategies explained a small percentage (10%) of the variance in differentiating the clusters.

Discussion: Energy maintenance may be associated with improved functioning and less severe symptoms for some. However, patients in Cluster 3 were closer to remaining within their energy envelope and also used higher levels of adaptive coping but were more impaired than Cluster 2. This suggests that adaptive coping strategies were not associated with improved health, as members of Cluster 3 were severely limited in functioning.

SourceChronic Illness published online 12 April 2013 DOI: 10.1177/1742395313478220,  Abigail A Brown, Meredyth A Evans, Leonard A Jason.




Please Discuss This Article:   Post a Comment 

Thank God
Posted by: IanH
Apr 22, 2013
for Leonard Jason and his team. Decent Science!
Reply Reply

Thank God
Posted by: IanH
Apr 22, 2013
for Leonard Jason and his team. Decent Science!
Reply Reply

Does coping matter? Not really
Posted by: jmmax
Apr 24, 2013
CBT helped me with the initial transition to life with chronic illness, but it has not improved the illness medically, just my response to it. After 15 years, it's still a daily challenge with no medically relevant improvement.
Reply Reply


Post a Comment

 
Free Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Newsletters
Subscribe to
Our FREE
Newsletter
Subscribe Now!
Receive up-to-date ME/CFS & Fibromyalgia treatment and research news
 Privacy Guaranteed  |  View Archives

Save on Vitamins and Supplements

Featured Products

Vitamin D3 Extreme™ by ProHealth Vitamin D3 Extreme™ by ProHealth
50,000 IU Vitamin D3 - Prescription Strength
Ultra EPA  - Fish Oil Ultra EPA - Fish Oil
Ultra concentrated source of essential fish oils
Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function
Optimized Curcumin Longvida® by ProHealth Optimized Curcumin Longvida® by ProHealth
Supports Cognition, Memory & Overall Health
Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get energized with malic acid & magnesium

Natural Remedies

Dreaming of a Good Night's Sleep? Dreaming of a Good Night's Sleep?
Natural Support for Mood, Sleep and Mental Focus? L-theanine Natural Support for Mood, Sleep and Mental Focus? L-theanine
A Breakthrough for Mitochondrial Dysfunction A Breakthrough for Mitochondrial Dysfunction
Reversing Neurodegeneration with a New Magnesium Compound Reversing Neurodegeneration with a New Magnesium Compound
Rejuvenating the Brain - How PQQ Helps Power Up Mental Processing Rejuvenating the Brain - How PQQ Helps Power Up Mental Processing

FIBROMYALGIA RESOURCES
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia 101
Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Fibromyalgia Treatments
| CFS RESOURCES
What is CFS?
ME/CFS 101
ME/CFS Symptoms
ME/CFS Treatments
| FORUMS
Fibromyalgia
ME/CFS
ADVANCED MEDICAL LABS
WHOLESALE  |  AFFILIATES
GUARANTEE
CONTACT US
PRIVACY
RSS
SITE MAP
ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus
Credit Card Processing