Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating illness, characterised by severe exhaustion and flu-like symptoms affecting possibly 10 per cent of the UK population, and for which conventional medicine currently has no cure. Now the CFS Research and Treatment Unit, University of London, has developed this new self-help guide. Via recognised cognitive behavioural therapy techniques that change our attitude and coping strategies, this approach has proved successful in breaking the cycle of fatigue, with a reduction in symptoms and disability in up to two-thirds of sufferers. --- from the publisher
Includes: How to improve sleep patterns; Practical strategies for balancing activity and rest; Dealing with blocks to recovery; Changing unhelpful thought patterns; Stress and ways of coping; How partners, relatives and friends can help.
The Cochrane Collaboration, dedicated to finding clinical evidence of effective health treatments, comments: "Cognitive Behavioural Therapy appears to be an effective and acceptable treatment for adult out-patients with CFS. Its sufferers deserve . . to be more aware of the potential of this therapy to bring lasting functional benefit." Cochrane Review, 2003