yuppie flu


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yuppie flu

n. Often Offensive
Chronic fatigue syndrome.

[From the perception of it as a psychosomatic illness restricted to members of the young middle and upper classes.]
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yup′pie flu′


n.
[1985–90]
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It has cruelly been labelled "yuppie flu" in the past and even now, some medics are not convinced it is a physical illness.
Sufferers have had to face barbs of laziness and hysteria after the illness was dubbed 'Yuppie Flu' in the 1980s.
In a documentary released on the BBC Radio 1 iPlayer channel yesterday, Emma discovers it is an illness which many doctors don't understand and people still talk about "yuppie flu".
In a documentary released on the BBC Radio 1 iPlayer channel yesterday, Emma discovers it is an illness which many doctors don't understand, and people still talk about "yuppie flu" - thinking sufferers are being lazy or are too depressed to get out of bed.
ME was once considered to be a mental illness, and was labelled as 'yuppie flu' in the media following a now widely discredited report by two psychiatrists in the 1960s who considered it to be a form of hysteria.
YUPPIE flu may be caused by abnormal levels of bacteria in the gut - and poo tests could help to diagnose it, experts say.
- a condition, rather ironically, I'd always scoffed at as 'yuppie flu', an indulgence for wimps who couldn't pull themselves together.
It sounds like chronic fatigue syndrome, not yuppie flu, but chronic, fatigue, syndrome, working class style.
ME never was "yuppie flu" because it affects all social classes of both sexes and all age groups, worldwide but this inaccurate, derisory term still sticks like dirt to our shoes.
While chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is no longer called "Yuppie flu," controversy continues over its legitimacy as a medical condition, prevalence, etiology, diagnosis, and treatment.