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What is talk therapy for chronic fatigue syndrome?

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Several studies have found that a particular kind of talk therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) might reduce your symptoms. It can also help with the depression, stress, and anxiety that often go along with chronic fatigue syndrome. However, the largest study—one that appeared to show a benefit—has recently come under serious criticism. So the jury is still out: CBT may help some people with chronic fatigue syndrome, but that has been proven.

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CDC: “Chronic fatigue syndrome: A toolkit for providers.”

Kim, J. , July 2015. Trials

Lu, C. , August 2014. Zhen Ci Yan Jiu (Acupuncture Research)

Alraek, T. , printed online October 7, 2011. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, National Institutes of Health: “Tai chi and qi gong: In depth.”

Surawy, C. , January 2005. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy

Price, J. , July 2008. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

Chambers, D. , October 2006. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

CDC: “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.”

Allen, P. , April 2008. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health

Castro-Marrero, J. , March 2015. Antioxidants & Redox Signaling

Kaslow, J. , November 1989. Archives of Internal Medicine

Reviewed by Anthony L Komaroff on December 04, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Chronic fatigue syndrome: A toolkit for providers.”

Kim, J. , July 2015. Trials

Lu, C. , August 2014. Zhen Ci Yan Jiu (Acupuncture Research)

Alraek, T. , printed online October 7, 2011. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, National Institutes of Health: “Tai chi and qi gong: In depth.”

Surawy, C. , January 2005. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy

Price, J. , July 2008. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

Chambers, D. , October 2006. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

CDC: “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.”

Allen, P. , April 2008. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health

Castro-Marrero, J. , March 2015. Antioxidants & Redox Signaling

Kaslow, J. , November 1989. Archives of Internal Medicine

Reviewed by Anthony L Komaroff on December 04, 2018

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