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Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
What is myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS)? Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a disease that causes you to feel so ill that you can't do your normal activities. Sleeping problems occur along with extreme fatigue that doesn't get better with rest. Any kind of activity...

Fatigue During Pregnancy
It's common to feel more tired during pregnancy. This tiredness, or fatigue, is most common during the first and third trimesters. During the first trimester, your developing baby (fetus) is growing quickly. Your body is producing higher levels of progesterone. This hormone has been linked to increased fatigue. You may...

Cancer: Home Treatment for Fatigue
Fatigue, or feeling very tired, is a common side effect of cancer treatment. See if any of these ideas are helpful. Check to see if your pain is under control. Pain that isn't managed can make fatigue worse. Get extra rest during treatment. Fatigue is often worse at the end of treatment or just after treatment is...

Weakness and Fatigue
Briefly discusses symptoms and causes of weakness and fatigue, including illnesses, infections, health conditions, and medicines Offers interactive tool to help decide when to seek care. Also offers home treatment tips.

HIV and Fatigue
Feeling tired is common when you have HIV. But many of the things that cause fatigue can be treated to help you feel better. Fatigue may be caused by one or more of the following: Being depressed, anxious, or stressed. Not getting enough sleep. Not taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) or missing doses of ART. Having the...

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Managing Your Energy
Two techniques can help you manage your energy when you have ME/CFS. They are: Staying within your energy envelope. Pacing yourself. These techniques can give you better control over your symptoms so that you can be as active as possible. They may also lead to fewer times when you feel so ill that you can't do anything...

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Getting Support
People who have chronic health problems, such as myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/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...

Fatigue (PDQ®): Supportive care - Health Professional Information [NCI]
Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is a distressing, persistent, subjective sense of physical, emotional, and/or cognitive tiredness or exhaustion related to cancer or cancer treatment that is not proportional to recent activity and interferes with usual functioning.[ 1] Fatigue is the most common side effect of cancer...

Cancer Fatigue: Supportive care - Patient Information [NCI]
Cancer fatigue is a condition caused by cancer or cancer treatment in which you feel exhausted or extremely tired. Some people with cancer have extreme fatigue most of the time and are unable to carry out day-to-day tasks. Others feel only very tired. Cancer fatigue may also be called cancer-related fatigue or cancer...

Medicines That Can Cause Weakness or Fatigue
Many prescription and nonprescription drugs can cause weakness and fatigue. A few examples are: Antianxiety medicines. Antidepressants. High blood pressure medicines. Statin medicines for high cholesterol. If you think a prescription or nonprescription medicine may be causing your weakness or fatigue, call your doctor.

Voice Problems
What are voice problems? Voice problems usually include pain or discomfort when you speak or difficulty controlling the pitch, loudness, hoarseness, or quality of your voice. As you exhale, air gently passes through your throat, across your open vocal cords, and out your mouth and nose. When you speak, your vocal cords...

Assessing PTSD
There is no medical test that can diagnose PTSD. Your doctor will ask you about your symptoms, how long you've had them, and how much they affect your daily activities. Your doctor may also ask about: The event or events that led to your symptoms. Traumatic events in your past, including those from childhood. Whether...

Helping a Family Member Who Has PTSD
Covers how you can help a family member who has post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Includes dealing with anger or violent behavior. Looks at how to communicate better.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Covers causes and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Looks at how treatment can help and steps you can take. Discusses most effective treatments—counseling and antidepressant medicines. Includes stories from others in their own words.

Fibromyalgia: Managing Fibro Fog
"Fibro fog" is the name commonly given to the cognitive problems that can go along with fibromyalgia syndrome. These problems with concentration and memory can lead to confusion, losing your train of thought, or forgetting or mixing up words or details. You can take steps to manage fibro fog. Try some of the following...

Arthritis: Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis
Covers creating and following a plan to help manage symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Discusses early treatment with exercise and medicine to limit joint damage. Includes tips for coping with chronic joint pain, fatigue, and stiffness.

Conserving Your Energy
Learn how to conserve your energy when doing daily activities.

Asthma and Vocal Cord Problems
Vocal cord dysfunction is the uncontrolled closing of the vocal cords when you breathe in. The symptoms can seem to be the same as those of asthma and may occur alone or along with asthma. If you have asthma and vocal cord dysfunction, it may be difficult for you to tell the difference between symptoms of the two...

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
Discusses non-Hodgkin lymphoma, cancer of the cells of the lymph system. Covers what causes it and symptoms. Covers treatment, including chemotherapy. Offers home treatment tips to help manage side effects like diarrhea and fatigue.

Eye Problems, Noninjury
Briefly discusses eye problems, including watery eyes, drainage, eyelid problems and problems related to health conditions. Offers interactive tool to help decide when to seek care. Also offers home treatment tips.

Deciding to Get Treatment for PTSD
Covers some reasons people don't seek treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Looks at common objections to seeking treatment, such as the cost and the fear of what others think. Includes what you can do about overcoming objections.

PTSD Myths
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder. Many people believe things about mental health disorders that aren't true. Here are some myths about PTSD. Myth: PTSD is in your head. It does not exist. PTSD does exist. It is a recognized mental health problem that has been studied for many years. You...

PTSD and Anger
Anger can be a normal response to a traumatic event. Anger gives you energy to act quickly and help yourself or others. Your body goes into a "survival" mode. After the event, when you no longer need to act, the anger usually goes away. But if you have PTSD, your anger may get out of control. You may lose your temper...

PTSD and Your Family
Covers how you and your family can be better prepared for changes PTSD can bring to your life. Looks at family support and talking with your kids. Discusses triggers that suddenly remind you of your traumatic event. Includes coping with holidays.

PTSD and Panic Attacks
Covers panic attack, an intense fear that comes on suddenly. Looks at physical symptoms such as chest pain, pounding heartbeat, and sweating. Includes getting treatment with cognitive behavioral therapy or medicine.

Virtual Reality Therapy
Virtual reality therapy is the use of computer-produced situations to make you believe and feel as though you are actually in a different place and situation. You may wear a helmet or goggles that contain a small video screen through which you see computer-produced images. When you move your head, the images on the...

Other Types of Counseling for PTSD
Covers treatments other than cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and antidepressants for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Looks at group therapy, brief psychodynamic psychotherapy, and family therapy.

Counseling for PTSD
Covers three types of counseling used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Looks at cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure therapy, and a newer therapy called eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).

Complications of Grief
Health problems that can develop from grieving include depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and physical illness. If you or someone you know experiences any of the following problems, contact a doctor or mental health professional for counseling, medicine, or both. Depression Depression is the most common condition...

Ron's Story: Therapy Helps
For 38 years, Ron kept his Vietnam memories to himself. When stress brought on flashbacks, he dealt with them by drinking them away. "I didn't realize I had a problem," he said. "I run a very successful program with a great staff. I considered it recreational drinking, but really I was self-medicating." But on one...

Tim's Story: Dealing With Trauma And Grief
As a medic in Iraq, Tim was always in the midst of suffering. He treated soldiers with horrible wounds. He saw some die. Within one day of returning home, he faced another trauma. His father died of cancer. "He was my best friend for my whole life. That just threw my whole brain out of whack," Tim said. Grief forced the...

Briefly discusses physical and emotional symptoms of anxiety. Covers anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and phobias. Offers interactive tool to help decide when to seek care. Offers tips to help with anxiety.

Marvin's Story: Coping After the Hurricane
The hurricane still haunts Marvin. He and his wife, daughter, and four grandkids huddled on a neighbor's roof as floodwaters from the storm surges swirled around them. Lashed by wind and debris, they survived by hooking themselves to a rooftop exhaust vent. "The water just kept rising," he said, beginning to cry. "The...

Cancer-Related Post-Traumatic Stress (PDQ®): Supportive care - Patient Information [NCI]
People react in different ways when they hear they have cancer. Patients have a range of normal reactions when they hear they have cancer. These include: Repeated frightening thoughts. Being distracted or overexcited. Trouble sleeping. Feeling detached from oneself or reality. These reactions may also be symptoms of...

Mental Health Conditions and Stigma
Explains what stigma is in relation to mental health conditions. Suggests ways to get past stigma and self-stigma in relationships and at work. Briefly touches on legal concerns and the importance of advance planning documents.

Stan's Story: Getting There Hasn't Been Easy
For close to 40 years, Stan woke up each day feeling as if he were going to die. "Mornings were like doomsday," he recalls, describing his depression, alcohol use disorder, and prescription drug misuse. "It was like everything was just dead … that you're going to die today, the kids are going to die … the sun isn't...

Alcohol and Substance Use in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Looks at how alcohol or drugs may be used as a way to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Covers the symptoms of substance use disorder. Offers self-care steps for PTSD and substance use disorder.

Counseling for Your Teen
Learn how to support your teen while they are in counseling.

Conditions With Symptoms Similar to Depression in Children and Teens
Some other conditions can cause symptoms that look like depression. Before your child or teen can be diagnosed with depression, a doctor may need to rule out these other conditions. They include: Bipolar disorder. This condition has symptoms that cycle from depression to mania. Other mental conditions. These include...

Arm Injuries
Briefly discusses common causes of arm injuries from sports, hobbies, and work-related issues, including sudden injuries and those caused by overuse. Offers interactive tool to help decide when to seek care. Also offers home treatment tips.