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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – What It’s Not

Not the Yuppie Flu

Donnica Moore, MD, President, Sapphire Women’s Health Group, discusses Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and what it is not. She describes in detail how to differentiate CFS from depression, fatigue and other possible medical conditions. 
Taking a good medical history from a patient, such as asking them what they would do if they had more energy, clearly defines CFS versus depression, because the CFS patient will always have a long list of things they would like to be doing but that they cannot. 

Reading: 
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