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Can serotonin and cortisol levels contribute to chronic fatigue syndrome?

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Several studies indicate that serotonin, a major brain chemical, is important in the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. People with the illness have low levels of cortisol, a hormone that the body releases in response to stress.

From: What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.”

Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Chronic fatigue syndrome.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Chronic fatigue syndrome.”

Narita, M. , November 2003. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications

Sharpe, M. , July 1997. BMJ

Cleare, A. , April 2001. The American Journal of Psychiatry

Genetics Home Reference: “Corticosteroid-binding globulin deficiency.”

Reviewed by Anthony L Komaroff on October 12, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.”

Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Chronic fatigue syndrome.”

National Health Service (U.K.): “Chronic fatigue syndrome.”

Narita, M. , November 2003. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications

Sharpe, M. , July 1997. BMJ

Cleare, A. , April 2001. The American Journal of Psychiatry

Genetics Home Reference: “Corticosteroid-binding globulin deficiency.”

Reviewed by Anthony L Komaroff on October 12, 2018

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