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Understanding chronic fatigue syndrome : an empirical guide to assessment and treatment
Friedberg, Fred.
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First edition.
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Washington, DC : American Psychological Association, [1998]

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xvii, 266 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
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Studies suggest that 500,000 people in the United States suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), a severe and debilitating chronic illness of unknown aetiology. Since the 1980s, CFS has yielded a complicated, frustrating picture for researchers, clinicians and patients. Many mental health practitioners are recognizing CFS patients in their practice, although they are not sure how to treat them. This text, authored by two experienced CFS clinician/researchers offers mental health professionals research, informed clinical observations about this puzzling population and a discussion of assessment methods and therapeutic approaches.

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From a practical point of view, Friedberg and Jason offer an update to a previous work on the same subject, with an almost identical title, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: An Integrative Approach to Assessment and Treatment, ed. by Mark A. Demitrack and Susan E. Abbey (CH, Nov'96). Like its predecessor, Friedberg and Jason's 12 chapters are divided into three sections covering basically the same three topics: an overview of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) (instead of "background"), evaluation (rather than "assessment"), and treatment. No indication is given as to whether this identical division is accidental or intentional. Again, like its predecessor, the chapters are brief but concise, well referenced and well written, and highly readable. Changes in diagnosis and treatment brought about by new insights into CFS are discussed, frequently in the context of what further research is needed. Although it is aimed primarily at practicing mental health personnel dealing with patients with CFS, other medical personnel and the specifically interested general public will find this work a comprehensive, up-to-date assessment of the current status of CFS. Highly recommended. R. S. Kowalczyk; North Central Michigan College

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 History, Definition, and Prevalence
Chapter 2 Predisposing Factors
Chapter 3 Explanatory Models of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chapter 4 Measurement of CFS Symptoms
Chapter 5 Fatigue Rating Scales
Chapter 6 Psychometirc Evaluation
Chapter 7 Differential Diagnosis in CFS
Chapter 8 Medial and Alternative Therapies
Chapter 9 Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention
Chapter 10 Clinical Interview With a CFS Patient
Chapter 11 An Eight-Session Coping Skills Treatment Program for CFS Groups
Chapter 12 Service Needs and Community Intervention
A. Case Definitions of CFS
B. Medical Assessment of CFS
C. CFS Symptom Report Form
D. Fatigue-Related Cognitions Scale
E. A Four-Stage Model of CFS: A Coping Tool Social Support Scale
Author Index
Subject Index
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