Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A suitable case for treatment

The controversy surrounding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has overshadowed one very important issue —how can psychologists help patients with CFS? Peter Spencer, a former sufferer himself,recalls how cognitive behavioural techniqes helped put him on the road to recovery.
IN the Summer of 1994 I was struck by the illness known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (a.k.a. Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome (PVFS) or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis — ME). It was only 18 months later that I considered myself fully recovered from it. Having now completed two swim marathons and having been back at work full-time for over two years, I feel I can look back on the event with a mixture of personal experience and objective assessment that I think can make a worthwhile contribution to the often acrimonious debate on this topic.

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