Are stamina and fatigue polar opposites? A case study

Suzanna So, Meredyth Evans, Leonard A. Jason*, Abigail Brown

*Corresponding author for this work

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Most individuals with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) (Carruthers et al., 2003), Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) (Carruthers et al., 2011), and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) (Fukuda et al., 1994) indicate that they experience fatigue and sharp decreases in energy levels, which hinder the ability to engage in physical activities (Friedberg & Jason, 1998). However, there are some individuals who reduce activity engagement in order to avoid a worsening of symptoms; thus these individuals may endorse lower levels of fatigue. Accordingly, those with low levels of fatigue but low endurance/stamina might be inadvertently excluded from some criteria based on the fatigue requirement. The current study serves as an exploration of the relationship between fatigue and stamina and the effects of these constructs on illness symptomology and their implications for assessment and diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-41
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2015


  • Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
  • Myalgic Encephalomyelitislchronic fatigue syndrome
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • fatigue
  • stamina

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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