Psychology Night Research Posters and Presentations

Faculty Sponsor, if applicable

Dr. Leonard Jason

Project Abstract

Post-exertional malaise (PEM) is a core symptom of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). This symptom is characterized by an abnormal loss of physical and mental energy following physical, cognitive, emotional, or orthostatic exertion. In an effort to measure PEM, researchers at DePaul investigated various types of fatigue in other chronic illnesses and compared those symptoms to patients with ME/CFS. The purpose of this study is to examine PEM symptoms across three chronic illnesses (ME/CFS, multiple sclerosis, and post-polio syndrome) using the five PEM items from the DePaul Symptom Questionnaire (DSQ). While previous research examining PEM symptoms across illnesses has primarily focused on chronic illnesses, the aim of the current study is to introduce an acute infectious illness (mononucleosis) and expound upon the findings.

Type of Research

Community Concentration


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Presentation Year

May 2019