According to a study that appeared in the journal The Lancet Psychiatry, a study has said that reducing fears that exercise or activity would make symptoms worse is the key to treating people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
CFS is a condition whose defining symptom is exhaustion. It affects everyday life with varying degrees of severity.
For the study, researchers used a statistical method called mediation analysis to identify the factors, which are key to treating CFS. The researchers found that a reduction in fear avoidance beliefs was the strongest, accounting for up to 60 percent of the overall effect of two existing CFS therapies—cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and graded exercise therapy (GET).
The findings could lead to new treatments for CFS.