Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Author(s): Michael Sharpe


Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) remains one of the most controversial illnesses, both in terms of its causes, and the best ways to treat the illness. For years, sufferers have had to deal with scepticism from their families, employers, and even health care professionals. The vast amount of conflicting advice that has been published up to now has served only to confuse sufferers (and the professionals) even more. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Facts presents a compassionate guide to this illness, providing sufferers and their families, with practical advice, based solely on scientific evidence. It is unique in being written by both a sufferer and a physician, both of whom have had extensive experience, talking to, and helping patients. Included in the book is a detailed guide to self-help, written from a patient's perspective, but evidence-based. The book also deals with a number of special issues, advising on how to choose therapies and therapists, and how to deal with CFS in children. The book additionally includes an overview of the history of the illness, looking at the nature and causes of CFS, and the opportunities for the future.


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^BHighly Commended in the BMA Medical Book Competition 2001

"This is a comprehensive, well-organised book that combines the current state of scientific knowledge with practical, self-help advice. It will be useful for both professionals and families." Margaret Thompson and Judy Acreman, Ashurst Hospital, Southampton

Introduction; SECTION 1 - CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME: ITS NATURE, DIAGNOSIS, AND TREATMENT; 1. Our aims in this section; 2. What shall we call it?; 3. What is chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME)?; 4. How a diagnosis is made; 5. Other associated conditions; 6. Research into CFS/ME; 7. Making sense of what we know about the causes of CFS/ME; 8. Treatment; 9. Some myths about CFS/ME; 10. Summary; SECTION 2 - THE IDEA OF SELF-HELP; 11. Introduction to self-help; 12. Balancing rest and activity; 13. Relaxation and calm breathing; 14. Appropriate exercise; 15. Improving your sleep; 16. Getting the best from your food; 17. Coping with pain; 18. Difficulties with memory and concentration; 19. A gradual increase in activity; 20. What gets in the way of being sensible; 21. Improving your mood; 22. Managing anxiety, panic, and depression; 23. Managing your thinking; 24. Dealing with problems; 25. Better communications; 26. Managing relationships and people; 27. Getting the best from today; 28. Managing employment; 29. Thinking about the future; 30. Summary of our self-help advice; SECTION 3 - SPECIAL ISSUES; 31. Thinking about therapies and therapists, both medical and complementary/alternative; 32. Cognitive behaviour therapy and graded exercise therapy; 33. Children with CFS/ME; APPENDICES; 1. Medical glossary; 2. Keeping a diary; 3. The Oxford and 1994 CDC criteria for CFS; 4. Further information

General Fields

  • : 9780192630490
  • : oup
  • : oup
  • : 0.306
  • : September 2000
  • : 196mm X 129mm X 16mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Michael Sharpe
  • : Paperback
  • : 616.0478
  • : 260
  • : illustrations