ProHealth me-cfs 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

10 Celebrities with ME/CFS

The Brain Boosting and Fatigue Fighting B-12

Severe ME/CFS - New Clinical Study

A New International Newsletter on ME/CFS Is Launched

Norwegian ‘Woulds’ (and ‘Wouldn’ts’): The ME/CFS Survey

Clinical Trial Now Recruiting for New ME/CFS Treatment

Altered immune response to exercise in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyeli...

Altered Distribution of Lymphocyte Populations in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients

VIDEO: Julia Newton Talks About Neurocognitive problems in ME/CFS

Considerations in establishing a post-mortem brain and tissue bank for the study of myalgic encephal...

 
Print Page
Email Article

Neurasthenia in Norway 1880 - 1920

  [ 1 vote ]   [ Discuss This Article ]
By K. Lillestøl • www.ProHealth.com • April 9, 2013


Editor's Comment: Neurasthenia was a neurological condition typified by unrefreshing sleep, post-exertional malaise, faintness, exhaustion, altered gut motility, and as many as 50-100 other symptoms. In the early 19th century, it was viewed as a physiological disorder of the nervous system, caused by unhealthy environmental factors such as poor diet, pollution, and the stresses of "modern life." In the latter part of the 19th century, the illness was recast as psychological, due, no doubt, to its prevalence among women. Although the term has fallen into disuse, it is still included in the International Statistical Classification of Diseases (ICD)-10 as a psychiatric diagnosis.

~Source: Tidsskr Nor Doctor Foren, March, 2013

 By K. Lillestøl and H. Bondevik

Summary

Neurasthenia as a diagnostic category was introduced in America in 1869 and quickly spread to Europe. Many have drawn parallels between the historical disease unit neurasthenia and contemporary conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome / myalgic encephalopathy and burnout, but little is known about the early history of neurasthenia in Norway. Based on the Norwegian medical science journals from the period 1880 - 1920 we wanted to study the implementation, interpretation and application of the term neurasthenia in Norwegian medicine, with particular emphasis on symptoms, causes, treatment, prognosis and prevalence.

The results show that the term was probably first used in a Norwegian medical journal in 1876, and beyond 1880 is reported more and more people were diagnosed with neurasthenia. The condition was defined as a deterioration of the nervous system. Symptom picture was extensive, with fatigue as the main symptom. The reasons could not be verified or localized objectively and theories were many. Overstrain was a common explanation, but also trauma, infections, poor diet, heredity and sexual excesses were presumed causes. The recommended treatment was centered on strengthening the nervous system, through rest and electrification. The condition was described as typical of its time, in response to the "spirit" and modern life.

Source: Tidsskr Nor Doctor Foren March, 2013; 133:661 - 5 doi: 10.4045/tidsskr.12.1221. K. Lillestøl and  H. Bondevik




Discuss This Article Post a Comment 




[ Be the first to comment on this article ]




 
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 Your Next Order

Featured Products

MitoQ® MitoQ®
Powerful Antioxidant Support to Mitochondria
Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function
B-12 Extreme™ B-12 Extreme™
The Most Potent Vitamin B-12 on Earth
Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get energized with malic acid & magnesium
Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor® Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor®
Reduce Fatigue up to 45%

Natural Remedies

How I Found My Long-Lost Energy How I Found My Long-Lost Energy
The Curcumin Revolution: The Curcumin Revolution: "Golden" Ticket to Better Health
Three-Step Strategy to Reverse Mitochondrial Aging Three-Step Strategy to Reverse Mitochondrial Aging
Protecting Our Eyes Against Time-Induced Damage Protecting Our Eyes Against Time-Induced Damage
A Breakthrough for Mitochondrial Dysfunction A Breakthrough for Mitochondrial Dysfunction

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