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Overcome Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in London with CBT

Efficacy’s Cognitive Behavioural therapists, based in centres across London & Sevenoaks, are experts and highly training in delivering CBT treatments to help you overcome chronic fatigue syndrome.

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS; and also know as ME) is a condition that causes marked long-term fatigue and other symptoms which are not caused by any other known medical condition. Chronic means persistent or long-term.

ME stands for Myalgic encephalomyelitis. Myalgic means ‘muscle aches or pains’. Encephalomyelitis means inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.

Common Features

The onset of symptoms can be fairly sudden (over a few days or so), or more gradual.

The most common main symptom is persistent fatigue (tiredness). It has not been lifelong but might have started at a point in time and may limit one’s activities compared with what one were used to. It is often felt to be both physical and mental fatigue. It is very different to everyday tiredness (such as ‘after a day’s work’);

  • it is not eased much by rest
  • it is not due to tiredness following overexertion
  • it is not due to muscle ‘weakness’ and
  • it is not ‘loss of motivation or pleasure’ which occurs in people who are depressed

In addition to fatigue, one or more of the following symptoms are common (but most people do not have them all). In some people, one of the following symptoms is more dominant than the fatigue and is the main symptom:

  • Mental (‘cognitive’) difficulties such as poor concentration,
  • poor short-term memory,
  • reduced attention span,
  • poor memory for recent events,
  • difficulty to plan or organise thoughts,
  • difficulty ‘finding the right words’ to say,
  • sometimes feeling disorientated.
  • Sleeping difficulties, for example, early waking, being unable to sleep, too much sleep, disrupted sleep/wake patterns.
  • Pains – most commonly muscular pains (myalgia), joint pains and headaches.
  • Recurring sore throat, often with tenderness of the nearby lymph glands.
  • A range of other symptoms like dizziness, nausea (feeling sick) and palpitations.

Treatment Options

The general approaches to CFS is about managing the condition. In the absence of a conclusive ‘cure’ for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), treatment tends to focus on the symptoms. The effectiveness of treatments depends on how CFS affects the individual. (NICE Clinical Guidance 88, 2009).

The best treatment options available with the best evidence are Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Medication, Graded Exercise Therapy, life style advice and other self help techniques.

We are a pure CBT service based in three London locations and Sevenoaks with a team of BABCP accredited Cognitive behavioural therapists. All accredited cognitive behavioural therapists will be trained mental health professionals and competent in the diagnosis and treating CFS. So you can be assured that you health is in the hands of trusted health care professionals.

Evidence Base

Cognitive behaviour therapy is effective in adults and has been shown to reduce symptoms, improve function and improve quality of life. CBT aims to change the way one thinks, behaves and feels, so one learns to identify the thoughts and feelings that are causing certain behaviours. CBT helps to manage the emotional impact of the fatigue and related symptoms. (NICE guidance)

If you would like to find out more or book an assessment in London then call on the number below or complete the online contact form.

Telephone: 020 7929 7911