With the stress of modern life, burnout is becoming a growing epidemic. Here is the best definition of burnout I’ve found: When your soul grows too big for the role you’re playing.
As people continue to spend more energy than they have, the problems can become more severe. When their “energy crisis” reaches a critical stage, the person will actually “blow a fuse” (called the hypothalamus) and develop myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) or its painful cousin fibromyalgia. In most people, these two conditions are the same process, by two different names. ME/CFS was previously known simply as chronic fatigue syndrome. Recently, a committee of seven medical professionals agreed to change the name to ME/CFS to more accurately describe the disease. Many patients and doctors familiar with ME/CFS felt the name “chronic fatigue syndrome” belittled those that suffered from the disease and gave a false impression of laziness. The CDC has yet to follow suit.
Who gets fibromyalgia?
Anyone can, from young children to people in their 90s, and it afflicts 4 to 8 percent of the total US adult population; up from 2 percent a decade ago. As with many illnesses associated with immune dysfunction (like lupus, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis for example), more than three fourths of those with fibromyalgia are female. Eighty percent of people with ME/CFS and fibromyalgia are given the incorrect diagnosis for years; often being told they are depressed, have anxiety, lupus, arthritis, or a host of other misdiagnoses. Continue…
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