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February 2010
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Caregivers Dealing With Veterans’ Severe Injuries
When soldiers return home with debilitating combat injuries, their caregivers often struggle with the situation, according to an article from USA Today.

Holocaust Survivors Battle Depression reports on survey findings indicating that a majority of Israel’s Holocaust survivors suffer from depression, sleeping disorders, or other emotional distress.

New Rules Promise Better Mental Health Coverage
The New York Times reports on legislation that is helping mental health care gain parity with physical healthcare.

When Housing the Homeless Isn’t Enough
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on an organization that first provides basic housing then helps individuals tackle other issues such as mental health conditions, substance abuse, and disabilities.

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Editor’s E-Note

Knowledge is power and social workers can empower clients to better understand physical and mental health conditions by continuing to stay informed and expand their awareness of available therapies. While continued research and more data on these conditions are essential, this month’s E-News Exclusive will briefly get you up-to-date on information about chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. (Note: National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day is May 12.)

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— Marianne Mallon, editor

E-News Exclusive

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Are Real
By Jill Pitcher, DO

Chronic fatigue and its painful counterpart fibromyalgia are real disorders that cause physiologic changes in the body and can be effectively helped by an integrated approach to treatment. They are steadily becoming a recognized disorder after having historically been downplayed or ignored by many doctors. The difficulty in gaining this recognition is due to the inability to objectively identify a reproducible cause of all the varied symptoms associated with the condition. Western medicine has a need for a test that proves the existence of any particular disease or disorder to validate it. But despite this barrier, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did formally recognize chronic fatigue syndrome in November 2006.

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