In my five years on this website, one question has emerged well beyond all others as my most-hated one to see: "Is chronic fatigue syndrome all in my head?" It means someone is not only suffering from dozens of symptoms that have forced a massive change in their lives, but that the person is also battling self doubt, guilt and even shame - because they're sick. In talking to person after person who's asked it, I've discovered that it's usually because someone else (or several people) have posed that question to them.
In the face of decades of research, it's astounding that we still have to contend with this question. To see evidence that the answer is a resounding NO, read this: FAQ - Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome All in My Head?
If someone asks you that question, tell them, "Absolutely not," show them that FAQ, and, above all, do not let their skepticism become your own. It's poison - shove it out of your mind. You know you're sick, you didn't want to live this way, you'd change it all if you could.
You've got enough to deal with. Keep your focus on taking care of yourself and trying to feel better.
Has someone in your life made you question whether your illness was all in your head? How did it make you feel? How did you get past the self-doubt? Leave your comments below!
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- A Simple Explanation of Chronic Fatigue Syndome
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Fact Sheet
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