Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Support
Effect of Support on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
As is true for treating any health challenge, it is important to have a supportive network of people around you. Your partner, family, friends, and even your employer and coworkers will likely have to make adjustments. It’s important that they know the name and nature of your illness so that they can provide support and help you to cope.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can make you feel helpless, guilty, confused, angry, sad, or worthless. As your symptoms linger, you may find that your family, friends, and employer are getting impatient. You may have to deal with people who don’t understand that the symptoms are not all in your head. Although there are many things that you need to do, you may feel that you don’t have the mental or physical strength required to do them, and this is where having a supportive network of people becomes extremely important. Make sure the people you interact with daily understand what you're going through, but also make sure you understand what they're going through, as you'll need to be supportive of them when you have the strength as well.