Volgens de doctoraalscriptie van Juan Jimenez-Ortiz (Universiteit van Vallodolid) is het risiko op hope-
loosheid (66,85%), depressie (57,25%) en zelfmoord (12,75%) aanzienlijk veel hoger dan gemiddeld.
Jimenez-Ortiz onderzocht teven welke medische, financiŽle, sociale en pyschologische factoren
in belangrijke mate bijdragen aan die verhoogde risiko's.
RISK OF SUICIDE DUE TO NEGLECT
AMONGST PEOPLE LIVING WITH
MYALGIC ENCEPHALOMYEILITIS/CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME IN SPAIN:
FIRST SPANISH STUDY
LigaSFC May 12, 2016
"We will not be a just, advanced nor democratic country
as long as there are people who have Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
who continue being ignored and INVISIBLE"
Socially aware and concerned Spanish psychologist, Juan Jimenez-Ortiz,
has carried out a research study (for his PhD thesis by the University of Valladolid) with the title:
"Depression, hopelessness in people with Myalgic Encephlomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:
Risk factors and protection" (2016).
The results of this research study are highly worrisome
The high level of risk of suicide, depression and hopelessness in these patients
is much higher than in the rest of the Spanish population
due to, mostly, the lack of relevant health care services.
STUDY AND RESULTS
In this study,
205 Spanish people participated,
all of them diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,
187 women and 18 men, between 27 and 71 years of age.
The most significant result in this study is the incidence,
amongst PWME, of risk of suicide which is 12.75%,
compared to the incidence in the general Spanish population which is 2.3%.
The incidence of depression amongst these PWME is 57.25%,
compared to the incidence in the general Spanish population which is 4%.
And the incidence of hopelessness amongst these PWME is 66.85%
(there are no studies of hopelessness in the general Spanish population).
Some of the reasons which have been found to be associated in a significant manner
to depression, hopelessness and risk of suicide amongst PWME, include:
To depression and hopelessness:
- Having been put down and not treated properly by the health care system.
- Not having regular medical follow-up.
- Having been sent for psychological or psychiatric treatment and
been labelled as "rebelious patient".
- Having lost their job.
- Having lost friendships due to the illness.
- Not being believed when mentioning
the effects on their health of chemical agents (chemical sensitivities).
- Having had their intimate (sexual) relationships affected by ME/CFS.
- Having had ME/CFS affect their economic situation.
CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
The results of this study are very important because they show that:
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