Saturday, February 12, 2011
Find a counsellor or psychotherapist dealing with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
The cause of CFS in unknown, but there are several theories as to how it develops.
It may be triggered by a viral infection, such as glandular fever, hence CFS sometimes being referred to as Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome.
However, it is thought it is most likely caused by several contributing factors, including:
viral infections, which weaken the immune system
inherited genetic susceptibility
exhaustion and mental stress
a recent traumatic event i.e. divorce, bereavement, unemployment
a childhood trauma
There is no cure for CFS, so the treatment focuses on managing the symptoms and adapting day to day life. There are several treatment options.
If the individual is suffering muscle pain or headaches, a GP may prescribe painkillers. However, this is not a long-term solution, and painkillers should not be taken over prolonged periods of time. CFS can sometimes cause mental health issues, such as depression, and medication may be prescribed for this.
Graded Exercise Therapy (GET)
This is a structured exercise programme that gradually increases the amount of exercise and the intensity of it. It can be tempting not to do any exercise at all, or to do too much, so a GET programme will help find appropriate levels.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is sometimes given to those who are struggling to deal with the effect CFS is having on their life. CBT can help change the way the person feels about the situation, and help them accept the diagnosis.
Many sufferers of CFS have reported that some complementary therapies can help alleviate or provide respite from the symptoms. Relaxation therapy, acupuncture and homeopathy are particularly favoured.
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