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Chronic fatigue syndrome and depression are two different medical conditions, but they have some similar symptoms. Often people fail to differentiate between depression and chronic fatigue. Treatment for chronic fatigue should be done by an expert doctor only. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: How To Treat Depression And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

How To Treat Depression And Chronic Fatigue
Dr. Peter Dobie
In many cases, people (sometimes even doctors)
often confuse between depression and chronic
fatigue syndrome (CFS). However, there are clear
differences between the two, which sets them
apart.   In both problems, the person will feel
quite exhausted, no matter how good sleep they
had the night before. It is quite possible that
the individual may have developed both depression
and CFS, or mistake one condition for the other.
It's crucial to find out the major differences
amongst CFS and depression in order to get proper
  • Symptoms in People Suffering from Depression
  • Continuous feelings of anxiety, sadness, or
  • They will feel hopeless, helpless, or worthless
    about everything
  • They will lose interest in hobbies
  • They will either eat too much or too little
  • Problem in concentrating or making decisions
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Cramps, headaches, abdomen pains, and other types
    of pain.

  • Symptoms in People Suffering from CFS
  • The patient feels quite exhausted even after
    proper rest
  • There is no logical/explainable reason for the
  • Headaches, sore throat muscle pain, joint pain,
    and swollen lymph nodes.

Treatment For Chronic Fatigue And
Depression   Some treatment strategies to cure
depression incorporate medicines and counselling.
Counselling with doctors can incorporate
cognitive behavioural treatment, interpersonal
treatment and problem resolving treatment.
Counselling with expert doctor/psychiatrist helps
you perceive any basic issues and examine them to
come up with solutions and offer methods to the
patient to deal with similar circumstances that
may emerge in the future. You can likewise work
through your present emotions as a method for
effectively dealing with them in a healthy manner.
  • Always take medicines that are prescribed by
    expert doctors. Medicines for depression
    incorporate selective
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
  • Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs),
  • Serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs),
  • Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors

Remember, you should never ever consume any
medicine without consulting your doctor.
Consuming medicines without consulting your
doctor may prove extremely harmful for your
health. If the prescribed medicines are
unsuccessful, your specialist doctor may change
the type or dosage for better results.
  • Lets take a look at a few tips that can help in
    your treatment for chronic fatigue
  • Move Ahead Its good to be aware about your
    limits and try not to push yourself over the
    limit you can handle, even if youre performing
    well. Sometimes its good to move ahead before
    your body break-down.
  • Learn and understand things that you can do and
    cannot do. Make this your limit and work around
    it. This will eventually make you more
  • Take care of your body and listen to it when it
    indicates your limits and capabilities.

  • To ensure effective treatment for chronic
    fatigue, you should have a manageable routine.
  • Control stress and rest whenever its possible.
  • Be reasonable, and try to avoid quick
  • Have a healthy diet, which includes, green
    vegetables, lean meat and fresh fruits. Avoid
    Alcohol and quit smoking.

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