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Managing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue is medically assessed and diagnosed by your GP. It is described as a persistent and unexplained exhaustion which has lasted several months and which does not become relieved by resting.

Symptoms may vary – Chronic Fatique includes four or more of the symptoms below, more often than not, over a six-month period. It affects the person’s ability to function well in their family, work and home life.

Common symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome include:

  • Consistent feeling of exhaustion
  • Difficulty falling asleep and wakes several times during the night
  • Difficulty concentrating and memory loss
  • Dizziness and may include vertigo
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

CBT Counselling is the recommended form of counselling support for managing symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. CBT & Mindfulness Counselling & Psychotherapy can support the individual to:

  • Establish more self-supportive thinking styles, e.g. let go of ‘shoulds’, ‘musts’ and other forms of demanding thinking approaches
  • Recognising behavioural traits and beliefs that contribute to type A/B behaviour
  • Identifying negative self-concepts and replacing unhelpful self-beliefs with more self-compassionate one
  • Integrating thought records for self-compassion
  • Changing self-defeating behaviours
  • Mindfulness based stress reduction skills to support a reduction in stress/anxiety
  • Relaxation techniques – e.g. progressive muscle relaxation and safe place visualizations
  • Mindfulness based cognitive therapy to support a reduction in low mood/depression
  • Establishing self-nurturing care plans

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a type of psychotherapy that looks at:

  • The way you think about yourself/others
  • What you think about the situation or problem you are experiencing and
  • How what you do and feel is influenced by what you think and believe. It includes a solution-focused approach to problems and supports positive change with CBT worksheets

Mindfulness Therapy is beneficial because Mindfulness supports the body and the mind.

  • Integrating Mindfulness improves mental and physical health
  • It helps to relieve stress and improves clarity of mind
  • Mindfulness is supportive in the treatment of depression, low mood, anxiety, couples conflict and stress reduction
  • Mindfulness also helps people to manage painful emotions
(Harvard Medical School)