By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.
This paper attempts to identify seminal papers regarding cognition or the ability to think well in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). It covers what researcher studies tell us about cognitive problems in ME/CFS; what they are, how serious they are and what might be causing them.
Many people with ME/CFS complain that they aren’t able to think or speak as well as before they became ill. Just how cognitively challenged people with ME/CFS are is a bit controversial but over time a pretty clear consensus has emerged regarding the cognitive challenges the group as a whole faces.
It’s important to remember that these findings reflect studies looking at the ME/CFS population as a whole, and might not reflect any one individual’s experiences.
Dr. Lange highlighted some of the common problems people with ME/CFS have in a 2010 Solve ME/CFS Initiative Webinar
- Needing to read the same paragraph over and over again to understand it
- Speaking sentences that defy the rules of grammar and logic
- Agonizing decision-making processes
- Heretofore easy to understand conversations taking on an almost algebraic difficulty
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