"Fatigue makes fools of us all. It robs you of your skills and your judgment, and it blinds you to creative solutions. It's the best-conditioned athlete, not the most talented, who generally wins when the going gets tough."
-- Harvey Mackay
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating medical condition that's characterized by long bouts of fatigue that's not relieved by rest and/or sleep. Most people become tired after working or performing other physically strenuous activities, at which point they fall asleep. Individuals diagnosed with CFS, however, will experience fatigue lasting for 6 or more month – fatigue that's not relieved through sleep.
So, how do you distinguish between chronic fatigue syndrome and general "tiredness?" While each and every case is different, most people experience flu-like symptoms prior to the onset of CFS. This may include body aches, fever, chills, weakness, sore throat, and impaired memory. Additionally, a large portion of cases occur directly after a stressful and/or traumatic event. Other, less common symptoms include "brain fog," irritable bowel syndrome, light sensitivity, visual disturbances, vertigo, and depression.
According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 0.2% to 2.3% of the U.S. population (children and adults) suffer from CFS. Some people brush CFS off as nothing more than a minor disorder, but this couldn't be farther from the truth. People who suffer from CFS often find tasks like getting out of bed, working, or even driving difficult. Most people take these otherwise simple tasks for granted, but CFS can make them increasingly difficult to perform.
The good news is that hypnotherapy may offer some relief to those suffering from CFS. A professional hypnotherapist can teach a person's brain to bypass the trigger(s) causing CFS. The exact method of execution varies depending on the client's condition and the hypnotherapist's recommendations. One study found the following"... a novel treatment approach was utilized consisting of a combination of EEG neurofeedback and self-hypnosis training, both of which seemed very beneficial. She experienced considerable improvement in fatigue, vigor, and confusion as measured pre-post with the Profile of Mood States and through collaborative interviews with both parents. Most of the changes were maintained at 5, 7, and 9 month follow-up testing."
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