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Personality dimensions in the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS): a comparison with multiple sclerosis & depression

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www.ProHealth.com • January 15, 1996


This study investigated the relative rates of personality
disturbance in chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Individuals who
met the CDC criteria for CFS were compared to two other
fatiguing illness groups, mild multiple sclerosis and
depression, as well as sedentary healthy controls. Subjects
were administered a structured psychiatric interview to
determine Axis I psychiatric disorders and two self-report
instruments to assess Axis II personality disorders and the
personality trait of neuroticism. The depressed group had
significantly more personality disorders and elevated
neuroticism scores compared with the other three groups. The
CFS and MS subjects had intermediary personality scores which
were significantly higher than healthy controls. The CFS
group with concurrent depressive disorder (34% of the CFS
group) was found to account for most of the personality
pathology in the CFS sample. The results are discussed in the
context of the relationship between personality variables and
fatiguing illness.

Johnson SK, DeLuca J, Natelson BH




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