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Living With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Alternative Treatments

Alternative treatments such as yoga, stretching, and self-hypnosis can help people who are living with chronic fatigue syndrome. However, some alternative therapies for chronic fatigue syndrome, such as dietary supplements and herbal remedies, can do more harm than good. Therefore, patients should talk with their healthcare provider about alternative treatments prior to using them.

Living With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Psychotherapy

Having an illness for which there is no cure can cause psychological stress and depression for people living with chronic fatigue syndrome. It is normal to feel cranky, sad, angry, and frustrated with an illness that causes extreme fatigue and pain. Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, can help patients learn how to manage their feelings. Patients may find joining a support group to be helpful.
(Click Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Support Group for more information.)

Living With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Disability Benefits

Patients who become disabled from chronic fatigue syndrome and can no longer work should contact the Social Security Administration for help with disability benefits. There are two programs that have the same medical requirements for disability payments: the Social Security Disability Insurance Program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program.
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