What Is the Treatment for Emotional Fatigue Syndrome?

Valerie Goldberg

Emotional fatigue syndrome (EFS) is a mental health disorder that may occur when a person is under so much stress or anxiety that his or her nervous system is impacted. People suffering from emotional fatigue syndrome can experience physical problems such as constipation, exhaustion and muscle spasms, as well as psychiatric problems including deep depression, panic attacks and loss of coping skills. There are several treatments available for EFS, including healthy eating, learning relaxation techniques and taking vitamins.

Vitamins may help people suffering from emotional fatigue syndrome.
Vitamins may help people suffering from emotional fatigue syndrome.

There is no one treatment plan set in stone for emotional fatigue syndrome, so it is important for a person suffering from this disorder to work with a mental health professional to develop the best treatment plan for his or her specific situation. One option a medical professional may recommend to a patient is healthier eating. Eating sugary sweets and a lot of processed food will only worsen some of the symptoms of EFS, including depression and tiredness. Patients should try to eat a large variety of vegetables, grains and fruit. Caffeine also should be avoided by people suffering from emotional fatigue syndrome, because caffeine can stimulate the nervous system and increase the chance of anxiety attacks.

Doctors may recommend that patients with emotional fatigue syndrome take multivitamins.
Doctors may recommend that patients with emotional fatigue syndrome take multivitamins.

Working on methods of relaxation is another important part of treating emotional fatigue syndrome. A person can achieve relaxation by trying many methods, including deep breathing, brisk walking and talking about his or her problems regularly. It is important for a person to find ways of dealing with the everyday stresses that are taking their toll if he or she is to overcome emotional fatigue. Some causes of stress, such as an exam, may have a beginning and an end, while other causes of stress — such as the loss of a loved one or symptoms of a chronic illness — may be an ongoing battle. A person can talk with a counselor to identify his or her stress triggers and find the best ways to achieve a clear mind and relaxation.

Vitamins also can be beneficial for emotional fatigue syndrome patients. Proper vitamin intake can help mental health issues and physical problems. Popular vitamins that some emotional fatigue syndrome patients are encouraged to take include vitamin C, multivitamins, vitamin B and magnesium. Patients should always check with their doctors before beginning a new vitamin regime to make sure that none of the vitamins will interfere with any current prescription drugs they may currently be taking.

High stress levels can lead to emotional fatigue syndrome.
High stress levels can lead to emotional fatigue syndrome.

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@donasmrs-- If your doctor isn't being helpful, find another one.

I think everyone needs an individualized treatment plan but you can start by taking beneficial supplements like the article said. I've found vitamin B complex (particularly vitamin B12) and magnesium to be very helpful.


I have both chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and emotional fatigue syndrome (EFS). I have no idea how to tackle them and my doctor isn't very helpful.


I was never diagnosed as such but I know that I suffered from emotional fatigue syndrome some years ago. I was very stressed for several years due to financial problems and a divorce. I developed anxiety and depression and a series of physical problems followed. I was always tired and distressed. I did nothing aside from going to work. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and diabetes around the same time.

I believe that I developed these health problems because of emotional fatigue syndrome. It's a proven thing that stress weakens the immune system and nervous system.

I think the best treatment for this condition and all the complications that come with it is dealing with the underlying problem.

I moved in with my parents for a while and found a job at home. This not only helped me fix my financial situation, but I also got my parents' support and company which made me feel better emotionally. Of course, I was being treated with anti-anxiety, thyroid and diabetes medications at the same time. But I think that working on the underlying problem is what helped most.

It's been three years now and my thyroid is now fine and my diabetes is better. My anxiety is also gone, so clearly my treatment worked.

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