It is a touchy subject. Some people would stay stay ill than admit that the problem might be within. "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is definitely not psychological," is a common point of view. Surely CFS is a physical illness, and I am not going to argue that "it's all in your head." It is a very real disease with very real symptoms and it's definitely not "in your head." I've been through it and know how horrible it gets.
What I want to argument, however is that Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, ME and Fibromyalgia have a strong psychological element in them. Dealing with the psychological, emotional side of CFS enabled me to gradually regain my health. I have been well for a few years now and am spreading the message that recovery from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is possible.
Here is a simple way to see whether your symptoms of CFS may be caused by your emotional state:
Do you often feel feelings like guilt, shame, fear, anger and frustration?
Is there a subtle sense of being in danger behind the pretence of being OK?
Did you experience abuse in your childhood?
Where there any (psychological) traumas during or before the time you first started to have symptoms?
Do you hold grudges? It is difficult for you to forgive other people for what they have done to you in the past?
Do you experience fear of doing what you really want to do? Of living your life the way you want to?
Do you find it hard to express your real needs to other people?
If your answer is "YES" to any of those questions, it is worth examining it more closely. Get a clear picture of what has happened in your life that is still influencing you emotionally. If the painful material from your past is repressed and "you do not want to go there," it is all the more reason to look into those areas of your psyche and heal them. If there are negative experiences lurking somewhere in the back of your mind, that's the place to go for answers. These dark places may give you all the answers about your physical condition.
You do not actually have to go straight into your deepest emotional suffering. You may not be ready and equipped for it. A good place to start is keeping a symptom diary where you note down the symptoms (when they get stronger), the situation in which it happened (including your thoughts and emotions at the time and especially a moment before your symptoms got worse). Keeping a symptom diary will give you a clear picture of our condition. After a while, sometimes in a few weeks, you will notice some patterns. Ideally you will know in which situations your symptoms exacerbate and what goes on with you at those times emotionally. The links may not be detectable, but if you keep observing and making notes, you will always find correlations between symptoms, situations and emotions. That's exactly what you need.
Being equipped with awareness about the underlining emotions, you can turn your attention directly to the emotional states responsible for your symptoms. There are some great techniques you can use to cope with any painful emotion or memory. If you have painful emotions and life events you do not want to look at, I highly recommend learning Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and / or Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT). Both of them are simple yet very effective ways of healing psychological traumas and emotional suffering in a matter of minutes, once and for all. When you have deal with the underlining emotional distracts, much energy will be freed up and you will experience less or no symptoms at all.
That's the process in a nutshell. I recovered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome using this idea and these methods. It took me a month to see significant improvement, but about 4 years until I was completely recovered. It was not an easy path, but I did not spend a fortune on medications or therapy. Most of my healing happened thanks to the excellent methods I mentioned, and those are free to learn and use on your own.
If you want to learn more about my story and how I recovered, check out my blog.