Understanding and Treating Chronic Fatigue
A Practical Guide for Patients, Families, and Practitioners
by Joel L. Young, MD
August 2020, 231pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7192-4
$39, £29, 34€, A53
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-7193-1
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An estimated five million people in the United States suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Some doctors still think Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a “fake” diagnosis. In this book, Joel Young, MD, presents the research, experience, and treatments that prove otherwise.

Millions of Americans experience chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), a continuous exhaustion and a feeling comparable to that of having just run a marathon when all they have done is a daily living task, such as taking a shower or getting dressed.

Doctors don’t have tests for CFS, and some think it’s a faux or psychological disorder. Joel Young, MD, in this heavily researched book, explains why it is a true physical illness and how it may be treated. He details how he successfully treats the symptoms, which can include severe fatigue, “brain fog,” chronic pain, and sleep problems. Unlike doctors who recommend exercise, supplements, or opioid medications, Young integrates such options as long-acting stimulants, meditation, and dietary changes to reduce fatigue, as well as non-opioid drugs, medical marijuana, and self-help options including yoga for the associated chronic pain.


  • Features new and emerging research
  • Cautions against quack treatments and so-called "quick fixes"
  • Includes an appendix listing commonly asked questions with short answers
  • Includes a glossary of terms
Joel L. Young, MD, is medical director of the Rochester Center for Behavioral Medicine in Rochester Hills, MI, and clinical associate professor of psychiatry at Wayne State University School of Medicine. He writes a blog for Psychology Today and is author of three books: When Your Adult Child Breaks Your Heart: Coping with Mental Illness, Substance Abuse and the Problems That Tear Families Apart; Contemporary Guide to Adult ADHD; and ADHD Grown Up.


"Young offers a welcome and well-organized look at the symptoms and diagnosis of CFS. His extensive experience with treating and researching CFS make him a reliable source on this complex condition."—Library Journal, September 25, 2020
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