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A COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL SELF-HELP PROGRAMME FOR CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME (CFS) SUFFERERS

CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) describes persistent fatigue (exhaustion) that affects everyday life and doesn't go away with sleep or rest. For most people, symptoms will improve over time. CFS is also known as ME, which stands for myalgic encephalomyelitis. Both CFS and ME are commonly used terms. There is no specific cure for CFS, but treatment can ease the symptoms, which include muscle pain and headaches.

Around 250,000 people in the UK have CFS. Anyone can get CFS, although it is more common in women than in men. It usually develops in the early 20s to mid-40s. Children can also be affected, usually between the ages of 13 and 15. Most cases of CFS are mild or moderate, but up to one in four people with CFS have severe or very severe symptoms. Please go to your GP if you feel you have this disorder, or go to the bar on the left of this page 'other CFS resources' which provided further information.

What this site can do for you: this is a free self help site with a programme to help you with your chronic fatigue syndrome. You can use it by yourself or in conjunction with your clinician. It may also be helpful if you are suffering from general fatigue or fibromyalgia. It also has news and information about CFS.

It was written by Philip Kinsella, who is a cognitive behavioural therapist in Nottingham, England, who has some understanding of the distress caused by these problems. Ann Childs, a physiotherapist who has a lot of experience of CFS, has also made a significant contribution.

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