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Cognitive-behavioral therapy teaches you how to change your thinking and
It can help you learn to think accurately about your situation instead of
letting fear guide your feelings and your behavior. This type of therapy is good
news for people who have
chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Studies show that this
type of therapy can help you feel better.1
For most people, therapy
usually consists of weekly 1-hour visits over the course of just a few weeks
or months. Longer-term and/or more frequent therapy is available for those who
need it. A cognitive-behavioral therapist may
teach you to:
Therapy can be expensive and may not be covered by
insurance. But the fact that it is usually short-term helps keep the cost
Reid S, et al. (2011). Chronic fatigue syndrome, search date March 2010. BMJ Clinical Evidence. Available online: http://www.clinicalevidence.com.
Other Works Consulted
White PD, et al. (2011). Comparison of adaptive pacing therapy, cognitive behaviour
therapy, graded exercise therapy, and specialist medical care
for chronic fatigue syndrome (PACE): A randomised trial. Lancet, 377(9768): 823–826.
January 18, 2013
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Nancy Greenwald, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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