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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Depression Are Not The Same Thing! Part 2

Posted Aug 26 2008 4:29pm

Copyright, Claire Williams, 2004-2005. All Rights Reserved.

In part I of this article, I talked about how Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is different to depression. Although depression can be a symptom of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, not all CFS sufferers necessarily experience it.

Unfortunately, there are so many myths that surround Chronic Fatigue Syndrome that many people still incorrectly believe that it is only in the sufferer’s mind.

One of the most common myths about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is that all Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers need to do is to 'pull themselves together' - and they'd be cured...

... if only it were that simple!

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is actually a neurological condition (classified by the World Health Organization under ICD G93.3) and was (finally) accepted as a real, serious, bio-physical illness by the UK government in 2001. But no cure has yet been found.

And unfortunately there are still many people out there (including some medical professionals) who still think that the condition is 'all in the sufferer's head'.

It is because of this misunderstanding that the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome community has fought so hard against Chronic Fatigue Syndrome being wrongly labeled as a mental illness. And it is perhaps because of this battle that depression amongst Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers has often sadly been overlooked...

Yet for many, depression can be a very real symptom of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. If you suffer from depression as a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferer, then it's vital that you take it very seriously and that you try to address it as soon as possible.

If you don't deal with your depression, you are unlikely to be able to recover from any chronic illness...

...and recovering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is no exception.

It is possible to recover from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. So if you do experience depression as a symptom of your Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, make it a priority to deal with it. Only that way can you get yourself on the road to recovery.

To learn more about the contributing factors to depression when you have ME/CFS /PVFS visit:

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Copyright, Claire Williams, 2004-2005. All Rights Reserved.


Claire Williams is editor of

and has suffered from Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome

/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome since 1995.

She created '' to help

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia

sufferers deal with their condition - from

handling their money worries, to recovering

from their illness...

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