Children & Adolescents


This chapter on children and adolescents has been taken from the ME Association's Clinical and Research Guide. It's an authoritative booklet written by Dr Charles Shepherd and Dr Abhijit Chaudhuri and should help to provide an overview of what we know and how to best manage M.E.

We have taken the chapter on Children & Adolescents from the MEA Clinical & Research Guide. It features information about:

  1. Epidemiology ME/CFS  has been reported in children as young as five, and there appears to be a peak onset of symptoms around 13 to 15 years of age. But there is currently very little reliable information on the prevalence of M.E. among children and adolescents.
  2. Diagnostic Assessment Diagnostic assessment of possible ME/CFS in this age group is very similar to that in adults. However, children tend to present rather differently to adults, and symptoms such as headaches, abdominal pain and disrupted sleep patterns tend to be more prominent…”
  3. Management Management of children and adolescents is similar to that of adults but with less emphasis on the use of drug treatments.
  4. Prognosis It is generally agreed that the prognosis for children and adolescents is much better than for adults (Katz and Jason 2013).
  5. Information and Support There are registered charities that deal specifically with children and adolescents with ME/CFS. The ME Association works very closely with The Young ME Sufferers Trust, also known as Tymes Trust.

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