Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Health Center

Font Size

Chronic Fatigue: Getting Support - Topic Overview

People who have chronic health problems, such as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), often benefit from support groups. These groups can be a good source of information and tips for managing your illness and a chance to share your frustrations and problems with others who are in a similar situation.

Ask your doctor or contact a local hospital for the location of a support group near you. Think about the following questions to help you evaluate a group:

  • Does the group focus on helping members lead fulfilling lives despite chronic illness? Choose a group that focuses on helping members locate resources, share coping strategies, and adjust to their circumstances so they can improve their functioning and their outlook. Avoid a group that encourages or reinforces the idea that there is nothing that can be done for the condition.
  • Do the group's leaders help members evaluate new research about the illness? A good group will help members see the difference between facts and rumors, and will help members avoid misinformation about the condition. Avoid group leaders who present very preliminary results as facts.
  • Does the group encourage good communication and partnership with doctors? Avoid groups that use past bad experiences with the health care system to encourage "doctor shopping" or to suggest a confrontational relationship with doctors.
  • Does the group have a realistic, positive, and empowering approach? Avoid groups with a negative or discouraging attitude. Some groups can actually cause more harm than good if they don't have a positive and empowering approach.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
    Next Article:

    Chronic Fatigue: Getting Support Topics

    Today on WebMD

    8 Symptoms Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
    Always Sleepy Causes Fixes For Fat
    Insomnia 20 Tips For Better Sleep
    Exercises That Can Increase Your Energy
    10 Ways To Get More Zip In Your Life
    Fatigue or Something More
    Your Symptoms
    young woman hiding face