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Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, anxiety symptom

Chronic fatigue symptom description:

This symptom is often described as:

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This chronic fatigue feeling can come and go rarely, occur frequently, or persist indefinitely. For example, you may feel really tired once in a while and not that often, feel it off and on, or feel it all the time.

This chronic fatigue feeling may precede, accompany, or follow an escalation of other anxiety sensations and symptoms, or occur by itself.

This fatigue feeling can precede, accompany, or follow an episode of nervousness, anxiety, fear, and elevated stress, or occur ‘out of the blue’ and for no apparent reason.

This feeling can range in intensity from slight, to moderate, to severe. It can also come in waves, where it’s strong one moment and eases off the next.

This chronic fatigue feeling can change from day to day, and/or from moment to moment.

All of the above combinations and variations are common.

What causes anxiety chronic fatigue?

Behaving in an apprehensive manner, such as worrying, fretting, and imagining the worst, activates the body’s stress response. The stress response causes the body to make physiological, psychological, and emotional changes that enhance the body’s ability to deal with danger – to either fight or flee – which is why the stress response is also referred to as the fight or flight response.

Stress responses, however, stress the body, which can tax the body’s energy resources harder than normal. Too frequent stress responses can leave the body devoid of energy, which can make your body experience chronic fatigue.

The more stressed the body becomes, the more fatigued the body can become. Behaving apprehensively too often can overly stress the body and make it feel exhausted, such as with chronic fatigue.

If you’ve been under a lot of stress lately, that stress can also make your body feel chronically fatigued, exhausted, and tired all the time. Stress is a common cause of chronic fatigue.

Many people misinterpret anxiety and stress caused chronic fatigue for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Fortunately, they are the same and the remedy for both is the same.

How to stop chronic fatigue?

Reducing the body’s stress while increasing rest, relaxation, and sleep is the most effective way to eliminate chronic fatigue. As your body becomes rested, chronic fatigue subsides.

Moreover, addressing your anxious behaviors can also be helpful, as most chronic fatigue sufferers behave anxiously. Learning to cope with adversity, uncertainty, and risk in a healthy way will reduce the stress load on the body, including the stress that causes chronic fatigue.

If you are having difficulty eliminating anxious behavior, you may want to work with an experienced coach/counselor/therapist as using a self-help approach generally isn’t that effective. Working with an experienced specialist is the most effective way to overcome problematic anxiousness and its symptoms, such as chronic fatigue.

For a more detailed explanation about anxiety symptoms including this one, why symptoms can persist long after the stress response has ended, common barriers to recovery and symptom elimination, and more recovery strategies and tips, we have many chapters that address this information in the Recovery Support area of our website.


The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder coach, counselor, or therapist is the most effective way to address anxiety disorder and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - the underlying factors that motivate apprehensive behavior - a struggle with anxiety disorder can return again and again. Identifying and successfully addressing anxiety's underlying factors is the best way to overcome problematic anxiety.


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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated November 20, 2018.

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