In the past, doctors did not consider Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) to be a real illness. They told their patients it was “all in their heads” or if they did actually manage to diagnose, it was the wrong disease. Today, professionals have no choice but to recognize CFS for the condition that it is.
Over a million people are affected by CFS. CFS is not restricted to any particular race, age group or gender. Although women are diagnosed 4 times more than men, it’s believed that men tend not to seek treatment as often as women.
People with CFS often have trouble gaining acceptance of their condition from family, friends and even doctors. Although rarely found in teens and children, these groups report the most trouble gaining acceptance from peers, parents and doctors.
This is because CFS has no known cause. It is believed to be either a psychological condition or physiological. This article will explore the psychological aspect.
Diagnosing CFS is difficult due to the fact that it’s symptoms are so similar to those of other illnesses such as schizophrenia, neurasthenia, drug and/or alcohol abuse, depression and bi-polar disorder.
In keeping with the theory that CFS is a psychological condition, common treatments include: anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medications, cognitive hehavior therapy and moderate exercise, although too much exercise can actually make CFS worse.
People with CFS have reported that it’s very helpful for them to have a support group to talk to or an online chat group. Up to date treatment options are discussed, as well as having a sounding board with someone who’s gone through what you have.
Another beneficial tool for dealing with CFS is a combination of deep breathing and relaxation therapy.
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