A common problem prevailing in our society/country is the lack of awareness about mental health and specific mental disorders. This lack of awareness further leads to absence treatment of the illness, meaning the person's mental health is likely to worsen than to improve. When talking about chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) this problem is particularly widespread.
Today at chronic fatigue syndrome day we hope to spread awareness about this problem. Today marks the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Her birth anniversary is designated as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Day. She is believed to have suffered from a fatiguing illness similar to chronic fatigue syndrome.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ( or myalgic encephalomyelitis ) is a long term, complex disorder or medical condition in which the individual experiences fatigue for a long time and does not feel better after periods of rest. It has the potential to affect an individual's daily activities. The disorder leads to dysfunction in the immune system, energy metabolism, and the nervous system. The primary symptom of the disorder is tiredness which can last for 6 months or more. Other symptoms include Joint pain (without redness or swelling), short-term memory or concentration problems, headaches, dizziness, unrefreshing or non-restorative sleep, nausea, flu-like symptoms,Depression , stress and anxiety and decrease in stamina (both physical and mental). As the symptoms of the disorders are similar symptoms of other mental disorders it is difficult to diagnose it. It is usually diagnosed after other disorders have been screened out. Further no tests are available for its diagnosis.
Scientists have yet not been able to identify the exact causes of the disorder. It is suspected that infections, abnormally low blood pressure that can cause fainting, nutritional deficiency, immune dysfunction stress and childhood trauma are the likely causes.
Today, no treatment exists and medical professionals focus on reduction/management of symptoms. Professionals help patients improve quality of life by treating the symptoms like sleep disorders, depression, nausea, pain and anxiety with medications. Supportive therapies are also used to help patients to overcome the problems caused by CFS.
So, what can you do?
People suffering from CFS, should maintain a consistent and healthy sleep cycle. Often the intensity of CFS increases due to an irregular sleep pattern. Individuals should look for activities that increase their energy levels while avoiding activities that they find especially draining. Exercising and healthy eating habits can also be beneficial. Finally, medical treatment and consultation is a must.
Family members of people with CFS can help create an environment where the individual feels free to express his/her emotions. They can also educate themselves about CFS, to better understand the person’s experiences.
If you or anyone you know is suffering from chronic fatigue or any other mental health issue, we are here for you. You’re Wonderful Project provides peer support, mail us at email@example.com