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Chronic fatigue scourges Kazakhstan

17 november 2011, 13:13
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©REUTERS/Charles Platiau
©REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Health professionals in Britain are talking about a new epidemic: the plague of chronic fatigue. No one has made a dedicated survey to find out how many people exactly in Kazakhstan suffer from this illness, but that problem does exist. It was brought up by Aizhan Sadykova, Director of Psychology and Psychotherapy Institute and President of the Medical Association of Kazakhstan in her interview for Tengrinews.kz.

Daily Mail writes that according to British scientists this illness is spreading out at a high pace, it is however mainly self-diagnosed by those who suffer from it. Persistent fatigue is a major symptom of this syndrome. However, in practice only one out of every five has the true syndrome that causes tiredness. Experts say that the condition is mostly caused by the life patterns that people adhere to. “We are all having an “electronic insomnia.” To recover from tiredness one must turn off his mobile, laptop and other devises that disturb him from having a normal sleep,” British experts say.

Doctors in Kazakhstan agree with their English colleagues. “Chronic fatigue syndrome or “burnout” syndrome is not a stand-alone condition. This is not a medical pathology, but rather a societal and psychological problem,” Sadykova says. In her opinion, the underlying cause of the disorder is fear: of losing a job, failing to pay back a loan, being laid off and so forth. “All of these lead to inanition of the body,” the expert explains.

Endocrinology professor from Oxford University John Wass believes however that treating the syndrome can seriously damage one’s health. “Many patients go to private medical clinics to check if they have the “adrenaline fatigue.” Doctors prescribe steroid-based medications suppressing adrenaline in the brain, and thus resulting in problems with liver and heart, lower sex drive, mood swings, and inexplicable aggression,” the professor argues.

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