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What It's Like To Live With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Depression
Thursday 24 January 2019
What it’s like to live with chronic fatigue syndrome and depression
Chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as ME (myalgic encephalopathy) is estimated to effect 250,000 people in the UK.
It is a serious and debilitating illness that at times can render its sufferers unable to function effectively due to the level of fatigue. ME is more than just exhaustion.
According to Dr Charles Shepherd, medical advisor to charity ME Association, the condition ‘can cause greater functional impairment and poorer quality of life than many other serious medical conditions’.
‘ME has a unique and defining clinical feature known as postexertional malaise – a delayed exacerbation of symptoms that can follow even minor physical or mental exertion (such as movement or exercise),’ he says.
‘Research has discovered significant abnormalities in the central nervous system, immune system, endocrine (hormone producing) system, and in muscle, causing energy metabolism impairment.’
Chronic fatigue syndrome is described by the World Health Organisation as a neurological disease. There is still so much that doctors do not fully know about the condition but medical research continues to discover more about it and best courses of treatment.
As well as physical side effects, having Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME) also affects mental health. Those with the condition often develop depression and anxiety due to its impact on their lives.
We spoke to some people who are dealing with chronic fatigue and mental health issues.
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