CFS Linked to Childhood Trauma
Study Shows Sexual or Emotional Abuse May Be Risk Factor for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Viral Triggers Likely
While 60% of CFS patients had a history of childhood trauma, Komaroff points
out that 40% did not and that a significant number of the participants who had
experienced severe childhood trauma did not develop chronic fatigue
"The danger is that people will jump to the conclusion that early-life
trauma causes CFS even though this study showed that a large number of people
with CFS had no history of trauma," he says.
Komaroff believes, as many CFS researchers do, that multiple viruses trigger
the disorder in people who are vulnerable due to genetics or other reasons.
"I don't believe that any single virus is the cause of CFS in the way that
HIV is absolutely critical to causing AIDS," he says.