Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Counselling in Wolverhampton, West Midlands
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) causes persistent fatigue (exhaustion) that affects everyday life and doesn’t seem to go away with adequate sleep or rest.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is also known as ME, which stands for myalgic encephalomyelitis. It is considered a serious condition that can cause long-term illness and disability, but the majority of people, in particular younger sufferers, will improve over time.
Who is Affected by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
It is estimated that around 250,000 people in the UK may have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and anyone can develop the condition, although it is reported to be more common in women than men.
It usually develops in people in the 20 to 40 age range although children can also be affected.
Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Although most cases of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are classified as mild or moderate, one in four people can develop more severe symptoms.
- Mild CFS – you’re generally able to care for yourself, but may need occasional days off work to rest
- Moderate CFS – you may find moving difficult, have disturbed sleep patterns and may need to sleep in the afternoon
- Severe CFS – you may have difficulty concentrating on anything other than very basic tasks and feel like you have a significantly reduced mobility
Other common symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome may include:
- Muscular pain, joint pain and severe headaches
- Poor short-term memory and concentration
- Stomach pains and other problems similar to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- A sore throat
- A sensitivity or intolerance to bright light or loud noises
What Causes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
Although the actual cause seems to be unknown, there are various theories including:
- Viral or bacterial infection
- Immune system problems
- Hormone Imbalance
- Psychological causes
As with all other conditions, we recommend that you first consult your GP about your CFS before you make an appointment to come into see us. It is important to rule out any of the biological causes before embarking on a psychological solution.
Learn How to Thrive & Overcome Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
If you want to learn the tools, techniques and coping skills to overcome Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) then you should consider following the Thrive Programme with Paul here at Tranceform Psychology.
Thrive is an evidence-based training programme that uses applied psychology and CBT principles to help you understand and then change any unhelpful thinking styles and limiting beliefs that have an adverse impact on your symptoms.
Over the course of ten one-hourly sessions you will learn about and develop personal insight into how your core beliefs have either helped or hindered you over your life course and then how to use a range of proven scientific methods to bring about changes which directly impact on your experience and the way that you feel.
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FREE Initial Consultations for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about your chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). During this 50 minute consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
At TranceForm we believe that therapy & coaching should be a collaboration between therapist and client so it’s very important to be able to meet PRIOR to agreeing any kind of help. Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking therapy with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
Thinking Errors Associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
CFS problems may be exacerbated by any number of common thinking errors that people tend to ‘suffer’.
You can find out more about each of these by clicking on the links below:-
- Catastrophising – Making mountains out of molehills
- All or Nothing Thinking – Ignoring the middle-ground
- Fortune Telling – Trying to predict the future
- Mind Reading – I know what you’re thinking!
- Emotional Reasoning – Feelings aren’t facts
- Overgeneralising – Always, Never and Everybody
- Labelling – Successful / Failure
- Imperative Thinking – I need to, I have to and I must
- Confirmation Bias – He didn’t mean I was good because I know I’m not
- Processing Positive Experiences – I didn’t really deserve that Nobel Prize
- Low Frustration Tolerance – It’s too hard I can’t stand it / I can take it I’m worth it
- Personalisation – it’s always my fault when things go wrong
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