Psychological Aspects of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Historically, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) has difficulty gaining credibility as an actual disease and not just a case of ongoing depression. More and more doctors end up accepting CFS as a legitimate disease.

More than one million people are affected by CFS. CFS is not limited to race, age group or gender. Although women are diagnosed four times more than men, it is believed that men tend not to seek treatment as often as women.

CFS sufferers tend to have difficulty getting friends, family and even doctors to understand and accept their illness as real.

The reason CFS is very difficult to diagnose is that at this time there is no known cause. The two most accepted theories that cause this condition are 1. These are psychological conditions and 2. These are physiological conditions. This article seeks to explore the psychological aspects.

The reason is very difficult to diagnose CFS because the symptoms are similar to other conditions. Depression, bi-polar disorders, anxiety, schizophrenia, neurasthenia, and drug or alcohol abuse are some psychological disorders with similar symptoms.

Common treatments include anti-anxiety medications, anti-depressants, cognitive behavioral therapy and light exercise (too much exercise can worsen this condition).

CFS sufferers agree that support groups or chat groups are the keys to getting acceptance from others through the same thing and receiving the latest info about treatment options.

Another useful treatment with promising results is deep breathing and relaxation therapy.

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