The Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Depression and Low Self-Esteem in the Context of Pediatric Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME): A Case Study

Maria Loades*

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Abstract

Problem: Up to one in three young people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME) also has depressive symptoms. It is not known how best to treat young people with this comorbidity. Method: This case report seeks to describe and discuss the use of a cognitive behavioral approach for depression and low self-esteem in a 16-year-old girl with CFS/ME. Findings/Conclusion: Therapy was effective in remediating the young person's mood difficulties, but appeared to exacerbate their CFS/ME symptoms. Therefore, it is crucial that CFS/ME and mood treatments are designed and trialed to ensure a complementary approach. Good communication and joint working between involved professionals is also important, and ideally, treatments for mood and for CFS/ME would be provided by the same team to facilitate this.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-174
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • CBT
  • CFS/ME
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Depression

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