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
- Insomnia / Poor Sleep Quality
- Loss of Concentration / Memory
- Extreme Exhaustion
- Inexplicable Muscle Pain
- Nonrestorative Sleep
- New Headache Patterns
- Organ Shutdown
- Inflamed Lymph Nodes
- Persistent Sore Throat