James Hicks, M.D., 50 SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS (Yale University Press)

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Fatigue

You asked for a week off from work when you first picked up the flu from your cousin. Your doctor warned you that it might put you out longer, but she had no idea that you'd still be bedridden the following summer. You can manage to get out of bed to sit at your desk, but you haven't been able to do much work because you just can't concentrate. You find yourself staring blankly at your papers and forgetting what you have been reading. Sometimes your head starts pounding, and you just turn off the lights and get back into bed.

You've been losing weight, even though you had to stop exercising. A walk around the block exhausts you. You weren't depressed at first, but now you're getting frustrated and afraid you'll never get better. You think you'd feel better if only someone could tell you what's wrong.

This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Fatigue
  • How to Cope with Fatigue

 

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Fifty Signs of Mental Illness: A Guide to Understanding Mental Health
Yale University Press / New Haven and London
Copyright © 2005 by James Whitney Hicks

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