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

Posted Aug 26 2008 4:29pm

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

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a very misunderstood illness and this is perhaps why there are so many myths about it. Perhaps the most common myth about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is that it is effectively a mental condition, and another name for depression.

But these two conditions are very different!

And when you label a condition incorrectly it can cause no end of problems when trying to diagnose and treat it. So it's extremely important to make the distinction between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and depression - because they are completely different illnesses.

For one, depression can be a symptom of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, but there are many Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers out there who do not suffer from depression at all.

Second, research has shown that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers have an abnormality in their 'deep sleep' brainwave patterns. In contrast, depression sufferers do not have this abnormality.

In addition, depression sufferers tend to feel tired all the time, whereas Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers' exhaustion increases notably after mental or physical exertion.

There are also symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome that are not shared by depression sufferers. Nasty flu-like symptoms, headaches, reversal of sleeping patterns, painful muscles and joints, Restless Legs Syndrome, and an increase in colds and viruses all are just a few symptoms that can play a part in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

These are just a few of the differences between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and depression!

To read more about the difference between Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and depression, visit:

And for even more info about why Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is different to Depression visit:

This article will be continued in part II…

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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