Tests are currently underway for a therapy that may be used to treat two-thirds of children suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome.
A research done has indicated that for every 50 children, one child suffers from the disease. This makes them have mental problems and also miss school.
When trying to explain how the chronic fatigue syndrome, Jessica (not her real name) (14) says that anyone who has ever done a marathon knows how it feels.
A trial will be done on 734 children and will involve the usage of intensive online therapy sessions so as to adjust the activity levels and sleeping patterns of these children.
It also integrates behavioural so that the affected children can get to adapt to their new lifestyle.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome children missing classes
Past studies have revealed that one in 100 children fails to go to school per week due to the disease.
At the age of 10, Jessica used to miss the equivalent of one term for a whole school year.
She was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) – also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) – at the age of 11.
She says that she is unable to do what her other friends do. She misses numerous holidays and every time there is a sleepover, she has to sacrifice. Then in school, she can only study in the morning hours. She thus has a lot that she misses.
The illness is a devastating one, making the children not to do the things they would like to do. Among the earlier things they keep off from doing include having fun, socializing and dropping out of school.
Lonely without friends
The parents equally are faced with some form of isolation and depression little by little sets in. The children themselves and the family end up losing friends as they are no longer able to keep up with the demanding lifestyles.
Even when they have to go out for a fun activity, all they can do is watch their friends do what their minds want.
A hope for the future
But the new study being funded by the research wing of the NHS in England looks promising. Once the results are out all the devolved health services would then decide whether they wanted to introduce it.
When trials were done in the Netherlands, 63 percent of the patients did not have the symptoms after 6 months. The recovery rate was low as only 8 percent got healed.
But some activists have been quick to criticize the approach. They say that it views chronic fatigue syndrome as a disease of the mind.
They say that as much as the researchers think they are just trying to change ones sleep, are they aware of the biology they are changing?