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Distinctive personality profiles of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome patients.

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ABSTRACT
 
OBJECTIVE
 
The current study is an innovative exploratory investigation, aiming at identifying differences in personality profiles within Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) patients.
 
METHOD
 
In total, 344 participants (309 female, 35 male) reported suffering from FMS and/or CFS and consented to participate in the study. Participants were recruited at an Israeli FM/CFS patient meeting held in May 2013, and through an announcement posted on several social networks. Participants were asked to complete a research questionnaire, which included FMS criteria and severity scales, and measures of personality, emotional functioning, positivity, social support and subjective assessment of general health. In total, 204 participants completed the research questionnaire (40.7% attrition rate).
 
RESULTS
 
A cluster analysis produced two distinct clusters, which differed significantly on psychological variables, but did not differ on demographic variables or illness severity. As compared to cluster number 2 (N = 107), participants classified into cluster number 1 (N = 97) showed a less adaptive pattern, with higher levels of Harm Avoidance and Alexithymia; higher prevalence of Type D personality; and lower levels of Persistence (PS), Reward dependence (RD), Cooperation, Self-directedness (SD), social support and positivity.
 
CONCLUSION
 
The significant pattern of results indicates at least two distinct personality profiles of FM and CFS patients. Findings from this research may help improve the evaluation and treatment of FM and CFS patients, based on each patient's unique needs, psychological resources and weaknesses, as proposed by the current trend of personalized medicine.
 
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Source:  Ablin JN, Zohar AH, Zaraya-Blum R, Buskila D. Distinctive personality profiles of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome patients. PeerJ. 2016 Sep 13; 4:e2421. doi: 10.7717/peerj.2421. eCollection 2016.

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2 thoughts on “Distinctive personality profiles of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome patients.”

  1. IanH says:

    Good heavens “distinct personality profiles”
    The items they list are adaptive or “mal-adaptive” behavioural traits due to having a very disabling illness – not personality profiles. Don’t they know the difference? Another example of people trying to show that you can predict FM or CFS on the basis of personality – What crap!

  2. Juloo says:

    What in the world were they thinking!

    I’m trying to imagine other diseases treated this way: Distinctive personality profiles of…hip surgery patients…shin splint patients…hernia patients…

    Yeesh.

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