CBT for treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS or ME)
What is CBT Therapy and ME?
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS; also known as ME) is a long-term, persistent condition that causes fatigue and other symptoms which are not caused by any other known medical condition. ME stands for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis; “myalgic” meaning ‘muscle aches or pains’ and “encephalomyelitis” meaning inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.
Are you struggling with ME?
It’s time to get help when you have persistent fatigue which:
Is not eased by rest
- Is not due to tiredness following overexertion
- Is not due to muscle weakness
- Is not a loss of motivation or pleasure which occurs in people who are depressed
And you’re also experiencing:
- Inability to live as usual
- Difficulties with poor concentration
- Poor short-term memory
- Reduced attention span
- Poor memory for recent events
- Difficulty in planning or organising thoughts
- Difficulty finding the right words to say
- Sometimes feeling disorientated
- Sleeping difficulties, for example, early waking, being unable to sleep, too much sleep, disrupted sleep/wake patterns
- Pain – most commonly muscular pains (myalgia), joint pains and headaches
- a recurring sore throat, often with a tenderness of the nearby lymph glands
- A range of other symptoms like dizziness, nausea (feeling sick) and palpitations
CBT and M.E.
The best treatment options available with the best evidence are CBT, medication, graded exercise therapy, lifestyle advice and self-help techniques.
CBT is effective in supporting adults with M.E. and has been shown to reduce symptoms, improve function and improve quality of life. CBT aims to change the way you think, behave and feel, so you learn to identify the thoughts and feelings that are causing certain behaviours. Through CBT, you can also manage the emotional impact of your fatigue and related symptoms.