Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is the common name for a significantly debilitating medical condition characterized by persistent fatigue and other specific symptoms that lasts for a minimum of six months and is not due to exertion and not significantly relieved by rest.
Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) include malaise after exertion, sleep that does not leave you rested, widespread muscle and joint pain, sore throat, headaches, cognitive difficulties, chronic and severe mental and physical exhaustion in a previously healthy and active person.
To date, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has proven very difficult to treat. Psychologically, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and graded exercise therapy (GET) are the only two approaches that have shown moderate effectiveness for people who have participated in scientific studies of the disorder. However, two large surveys of patients did indicate that pacing is considered useful by 82-96% of participants. Medication plays a minor role in management. Therapy to help sustain motivation and optimism is critical in the face of the current lack of effective interventions.
Individuals with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have brain waves that are unusually low in voltage and slow in frequency. This low, slow pattern is seen throughout the brain, but especially in the frontal lobes. The frequency showing the brain’s good energy is especially low in voltage. There is an unusually large quantity of very slow delta activity of less than 4 cycles per second.
This pattern is readily detected in a brain wave evaluation and Neurofeedback training focuses on reducing slow waves which encourages faster, high voltage activity.