Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) involves extreme tiredness, no matter how much you rest, along with painful joints, muscle pain, poor memory, and disordered sleep. It is recognised as a neurological disorder by the World Health Organisation, and an estimated 250,000 people in Britain are affected by it.
For many with CFS, the risk of developing anxiety, depression, and other mental illnesses increases. CFS is not a mental illness in itself. It is a neurological disorder that may involve both physical and psychological factors.
Many people with chronic illness find it an isolating and frustrating experience. Talking to a counsellor about your feelings can be incredibly useful. Counselling offers you space to talk about how your condition affects your life and how you feel. If you have developed depression or anxiety, counselling can help with this also.