Today some conditions still struggle for recognition as legitimate ailments

Today some conditions still struggle for recognition as legitimate ailments

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Today some conditions still struggle for recognition as legitimate ailments. One  controversial condition is chronic fatigue syndrome. Called the “yuppie flu,” chronic  fatigue syndrome generally affects middle-class women, though men have also been  diagnosed with it. Flu-like symptoms, including low-grade fever, sore throat, extreme  fatigue, and emotional malaise, characterize the condition, which is often accompanied  by depression. These symptoms may last for years and often result in disability.  Sufferers experience difficulty in getting their condition recognized, not only by family  and friends, but by insurance companies as well. Because of social hesitancy to accept  chronic fatigue syndrome as legitimate, sufferers who are unable to work are often  denied disability. Advocates have responded by renaming the disorder chronic fatigue  immuno-deficiency syndrome. This renaming associates the disorder with more 
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