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Who gets better?

Some studies say the younger the patient, the better the recovery. But Dr. Dedra Buchwald found that this is not true. A CDC study says chances for improvement are higher if the patient is ill less than 3 years. Buchwald's study says the duration of illness is not a predictor of prognosis.

Dr. Klimas did say, "What we really do know is that people who are depressed do worse than people who are not. Depression is treat­able. ME/CFS patients may be reluctant to get this part of the illness treated because of the stigma of depression. Half of ME/CFS patients do not have any depression. Those that do, most often have a secondary depression.