ME group highlights difficulties faced by sufferers. A charity has been highlighting the memory and concentration problems faced by people with the debilitating condition. The Sussex ME Society cares for thousands of people affected by the condition across the county.
Experts have said cognitive deficits are often the main disabling feature of ME or chronic fatigue syndrome and can restrict the patient’s ability to function, plan and complete tasks. Problems include impaired working memory, slowed processing speed , decreased concentration and attention span, difficulty with word retrieval and increased distractibility.
ME Society chairman Colin Barton said: “Many affected by ME do not look ill and others would not realise that at times perfectly intelligent people find it impossible to concentrate or respond appropriately to situations, often making them vulnerable and unable to stick up for themselves.”