Coping Better With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for CFS/ME

Author(s) : Bruce Fernie, Author(s) : Gabrielle Murphy

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Coping Better With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for CFS/ME

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CFS/ME is a debilitating disorder which affects both physical and psychological functioning. It is also a poorly understood condition which was not widely accepted as a specific disorder until only a few years ago. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), in conjunction with other physical and medical therapies, is now generally accepted as the treatment of choice for people who are affected by CFS/ME. This book provides the perfect companion for patients to develop and apply new insights into overcoming some of their specific symptoms as well as coping with the syndrome, both during the course of their therapy and afterwards. It provides a helpful structure and framework for understanding CFS/ME and its effects as well as practical exercises to help address some of the symptoms that patients may experience.

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'By working systematically through the exercises in the book, readers can expect to gain further insight into their condition as well as confidence in managing and overcoming it. They can do so in the knowledge that the ideas come from a sought-after clinical centre and are based on the most useful and modern approaches. The book is thoroughly practical, free from abstract and difficult-to-understand psychological terms or 'psychobabble'. It conveys the positive message that patients suffering from CFS/ME can enjoy better physical and mental health.'
- From the Foreword by Professor Robert Bor

- Critical incidents, vulnerability factors and maintaining factors
- Goal setting
- Thoughts and feelings
- Sleep
- Activity
- Energy capsules
- Impact crosses
- Challenging unhelpful patterns of thinking
- Stress and anxiety
- Core beliefs
- Symptom mapping
- Planning for setbacks
- Medical perspective

About the Author(s)

Dr Bruce Fernie is a chartered counselling psychologist at the Fatigue Service at the Royal Free Hospital. He also works as a psychologist for CASCAID, an HIV mental health service within South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. He has worked in CFS/ME for four years, in which time he has coordinated the development of, and co-facilitated, the evidence-based group programmes designed to help those diagnosed with CFS/ME. As well as CFS/ME, his research interests lie in procrastination, metacognition and Self-Regulatory Executive Function theory.

Dr Gabrielle Murphy is a physician working in the Fatigue Service at the Royal Free Hospital where she is the Clinical Lead. She also works in the Department of HIV medicine. Her interests include medically unexplained symptoms. Gabrielle is actively involved in local and national organisations promoting access to CFS/ME services and ongoing research.

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