Chronic fatigue syndrome and the psychiatrist

Can J Psychiatry. 1990 Oct;35(7):625-33. doi: 10.1177/070674379003500714.


The number of patients who are identified as having chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) has increased, and as a result, chronic fatigue syndrome has received widespread attention. Research has demonstrated that cognitive, affective and behavioural symptoms are prominent in CFS. Psychiatrists are therefore being asked to participate in the assessment and management of patients with this syndrome. This paper will provide an overview of the clinical characteristics of CFS and the current empirical findings related to its pathology, and will conclude with a discussion of the management of these patients.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain / physiopathology
  • Depressive Disorder / physiopathology
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology
  • Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic / physiopathology
  • Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / physiopathology
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / psychology*
  • Somatoform Disorders / physiopathology
  • Somatoform Disorders / psychology