Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome can effect an individual’s mental and emotional health. It is a long-term condition which is characterized by extreme tiredness. This syndrome can affect adults and children. This is commonly seen in middle aged women. The symptoms can make it difficult to carry out activities and individuals diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome may need to consider making lifestyle changes.

Symptoms of CFS

A sleep problem is an ongoing difficulty getting enough sleep so that you feel able to function well during your waking hours. So, if poor sleep is having a significant impact on your daily life, it is likely that you are suffering from a sleep problem. They are extremely common with one in three adults claiming to have difficulties sleeping.

The signs of a general sleep problem can include the following:

  • Feeling extremely tired which makes it hard to carry out daily life activities.
  • Feeling tired even after waking up from your sleep or resting
  • Requiring a long period of time to recover following a physical activity
  • Waking up often during the night resulting in difficulty with sleep
  • Effects areas such as memory, thinking and concentration

This condition is diagnosed on the basis of the individual’s symptoms. All the other conditions that may cause the same symptoms need to be ruled out.


  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Pharmacological treatment for pain and sleeping difficulties

People may not be able to fully recover but will have an improvement in the symptoms and overall condition. There may be times when the symptoms get better or worse even while on treatment. Children and young people diagnosed with this have higher chances of a full recovery.