Understanding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Do you know someone who is exhausted all of the time? Someone who never seems to find the motivation for even the simplest of tasks, like folding laundry or making the bed? Someone who can’t focus on tasks or conversation? Before you are quick to judge him for his laziness or incompetency, take a moment to look deeper beneath the surface. There may be a psychological and/or physiological component at play.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is the popular term used to refer to Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). According to SolveCFS.org, approximately 2.4 million people suffer from ME/CFS in the United States alone, and it affects millions more people across the globe. Though it can affect anyone (regardless of ethnicity, social status, or lifestyle), studies indicate that women are 2-4 times more likely to be affected than men. 

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, as its name suggests, is a condition that causes extreme fatigue and exhaustion in the people it impacts. It is more than the type of exhaustion typically felt after an especially long or stressful day – it is, at its roots, a physical and psychological issue. Normal fatigue subsides after a few days of adequate rest and recovery. Conversely, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is often much harder to overcome.

Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

As I mentioned, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is both a physical and psychological issue. As such, it typically results in a variety of both physical and psychological symptoms. Examples of psychological symptoms may include:

  • Mood Swings
  • Depression
  • Insomnia / Poor Sleep Quality
  • Irritability
  • Loss of Concentration / Memory

Examples of physical symptoms may include:
  • Extreme Exhaustion
  • Inexplicable Muscle Pain
  • Nonrestorative Sleep
  • New Headache Patterns
  • Organ Shutdown
  • Inflamed Lymph Nodes
  • Persistent Sore Throat

As you probably noticed, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome shares practically all of its symptoms with multiple other physical and psychological disorders, making it immensely difficult to diagnose. As a result, many people go months or even years without the treatment they need to achieve a full recovery.

Seeking A Diagnosis / Treatment

If you are suffering from extreme and persistent exhaustion, I encourage you to make an appointment with your doctor to seek an official diagnosis. Once your doctor has helped you identify the source of your challenges, you can begin seeking appropriate treatment.

Just as it has both physical and psychological symptoms, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can stem from both physical and psychological factors. Seeking medical attention for your physical challenges is important, but it is equally crucial to seek counseling. In my online counseling sessions, I can discuss your situation in depth to help you determine if there is a psychological or emotional cause at play. 

Remember: It is always best to treat people with kindness and compassion. You never know what internal battles they may be facing.

For more information about my virtual mental health counseling services, visit my website at www.NeverGiveUp.care. You can also call me directly at (248) 730-5544. 

Samantha M. Ruth, Transformational Psychologist
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By | 2016-11-18T18:30:00+00:00 November 18th, 2016|