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Coping with Chronic Fatigue (Overcoming common problems) [Paperback]

Trudie Chalder
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23 Feb 1995 Overcoming common problems
A self-help book for everyone who feels exhausted all the time including sufferers of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). This book encourages chronic fatigue sufferers to assess their own level of fatigue, and offers advice on dealing with exhaustion and incorporating these changes into everyday life. There are chapters on understanding the fatigue problem, diet, drugs, improving sleeping patterns and how to plan exercise and resting routines.

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Sheldon Press; New edition edition (23 Feb 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859696855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859696852
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars ME: Essentially Psychogenic? 23 May 2002
By A Customer
While this short sighted and somewhat self promotional approach to treating ME/CFS by Dr Trudi Chalder may well help those suffering from depression or simple fatigue, the book has very little to offer patients who already have a positive view of themselves, their future and the world around them and who are just eager to recover from this debilitating, misunderstood, post viral condition.
James Taylor
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2.0 out of 5 stars Patronising 16 Sep 2001
By A Customer
This book was recommended to me when I was first diagnosed with M.E/CFS. I didn't like it!
I found it to be patronising in the way in which it discussed state of mind. I have had CFS/ M.E for 2 and a half years and have had no problems with depression of negative thoughts.
I know that many people with CFS have depression and I believe it is appropriate to address it. BUT for a small book the emphasis is far to much on thinking happy thoughts with practically no mention of other treatments.
Even the title is misleading. The term Chronic Fatigue ignores many major symptoms that people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome suffer from.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Cerebral Hypoxia and spasticity 15 Sep 2007
I followed all the advice in this book. I was really positive. In truth I completely ignored my illness and went climbing in the Tien Shan, the Alps and locally in Cumbria. After each exertion I suffered an increase in spasticity and other severe neurological symptoms. I am now told that the initial viral infection has caused permanent damage to my autonomic nervous system. When I was first ill I was told it was "all in the mind", the approach advocated by Ms. Chalder. Now I have had surgery in the form of a sacral nerve stimulator. I am also waiting to see a neurologist as my consultant feels my happy go lucky approach to exercise coupled with my postural orthostatic tachycardia is causing hypoxia in my brain and this explains my problems with spasticity.

This may well be the most dangerous book on ME/CFS ever written. Charles Poser, the notable Harvard Neurologist defines ME as a vasculomyelinopathy. Chalder completely trivialises a potentially serious disease that if treated in the manner Chalder suggests can cause permanent damage to the brain. Read Byron Hyde's definition of ME, it will guide your physicians in identifying pathology and ultimately help you get appropriate treatment. Otherwise read the book and be ill and happy rather than happy and well.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Simplistic and harmful 6 Nov 2006
What would mr.wessley recommend for an ME sufferer who doesnt just feel a bit tired but who has to take morphine for the constant pain??

Positive thinking doesnt cure this illness and grouping it in the same category as chronic fatigue is insulting and well as harmful.Havent people suffered enough that this sort of rubbish is still being put out there.How many more have to die of so called CFS and have written on their death certificates that their cause of death was caused by CFS and directly linked to inflammation of the spinal cord?

Many people are dumped in the CFS category without proper diagnosis and do recover but they do not have ME.

Wessley is ignoring medical evidence that proves true ME is an organic illness and causing much harm.
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49 of 57 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your pennies! 28 May 2004
By A Customer
The preface of this short book is written by Simon Wessley. The book refers to chronic fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome and ME as all being the same. It assumes that deconditioning through lack of activity and symptoms caused by negative thoughts, (depression) are the basis of continued ill health.
If you think that doing abit more and changing the way you think will make you better then this book might help. If you have ME or CFS, a serious and very disabling neurological condition, you might find this book somewhat insulting. It ignores the plethora of evidence showing that ME/CFS is a physical illness. Maybe try: Recovering from ME by Collinge or From Fatigued to Fantastic or finding a good Dr.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading 29 Mar 2004
By A Customer
I was given this book when first diagnosed with M.E. and followed its advice - my symptoms worsened and I became even more exhausted - inspite of a positive attitude. This book seems to be focused on fatigue caused by depression, which is not the same as M.E. I wish I had spent my money, time and effort reading one of the insightful, positive books on the subject.
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