Impaired cognition in CFS is one of the most disabling and frustrating symptoms patients experience. Deficits in short-term memory, information processing and processing speed have been documented by several groups. How closely does the medical literature reflect patients’ experiences and how can cognitive testing help support self-reported measures? Dr. Gudrun Lange, professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the New Jersey Medical School and research scientist at the VA War Related Illness & Injury Center, joins Dr. Suzanne Vernon, scientific director of the CFIDS Association of America, to explore these topics.
The webinar will address:
What we know about cognitive function in CFS
- from the patient’s perspective
- from the researcher’s perspective
- from the clinician’s perspective
- fFrom the Social Security Administration’s perspective
Please join us on April 11 for a web program provided free-of-charge to all.
Submit your questions with registration or during the program. We make every effort to record and archive recordings for on-demand viewing if you’re not able to participate in the live event.
If this is your first webinar, please plan to arrive a few minutes early to be sure the web-based program loads correctly so you don’t miss a thing! More information about what to expect during a webinar is posted at http://www.cfids.org/webinar/what-is-a-webinar.asp.
For more information about cognition and CFS, please visit these resources:
Overview: This review by Dr. Gudrun Lange covers the difficulties CFS patients have multi-tasking and strategies she offers to her clinical neuropsychology patients to cope and compensate with deficits. From the IACFS/ME Bulletin, “Multi-Tasking: A Challenge for Patients With CFS.”
Video: Wilhelmina Jenkins, former Association board member and a physicist before CFS hit, talks candidly about her struggle with CFS, especially cognitive impairment, in this YouTube video: http://bit.ly/wIn3OF
First-Person Account: Dr. Katrina Berne, another former Association director and a clinical psychologist who treats CFS and lives with it herself, describes the characteristic cognitive impairment in “I Can’t Brain Today; I’ve Got the Dumb” here on Resarch1st. The comments added by readers further enrich this popular article, one of the top 10 posted to Research1st in 2011.
Tips: This classic Chronicle article offers 10 tips for coping with impaired cognition: http://bit.ly/wBhtAY