Resources for Recovery

 We thought it would be useful to compile a list of books, CDs and DVDs that people have found helpful. Some of these are sources of information about ME/CFS; others are about strategies such as mindfulness which we've found useful; some are a bit of both. This list is a work in progress so you are very welcome to email us with further suggestions you think we should add.


Fighting Fatigue - Managing the Symptoms of CFS/ME by Catherine Berry and Sue Pemberton: an excellent guide for the patient on how to manage your illness from day to day. Sue Pemberton is Therapy Director at the Yorkshire Fatigue Clinic.

ME/CFS/PVFS: An Exploration of Key Issues by Dr Charles Shepherd and Dr Abhjit Chauduri: updated annually, this is an excellent snapshot of the current state of knowledge about the condition. It is written for health professionals but is also accessible enough to be read by patients. Purchased directly from the M.E. Association. Look for the link to the leaflets & books order form on the right hand side of the page. (It is also worth looking at the other items on the form, which cover a wide range of ME-related issues.)

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - A Treatment Guide by Erica F Verrillo: Newly updated, this American eBook is a comprehensive study of ME/CFS. (If you don't have a Kindle, you can read it on your computer.)

Severe ME/CFS - A Guide to Living by Emily Collingridge: The definitive practical guide to living for those who are severely affected by the condition.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by Dr Sarah Myhill. New for 2014, this book explores Dr Myhill's theory that mitochondrial dysfunction - a problem with energy production in the cells - lies at the heart of ME/CFS. She then goes on to explain what this implies for diagnosis and treatment. Dr Myhill is regarded as a 'maverick' by the medical establishment but she has published several peer-reviewed studies and many patients have found her treatments helpful.

Living Well with Pain & Illness by Vidyamala Birch: a practical guide to using mindfulness to reduce suffering in everyday life. Vidyamala is the founder of Breathworks, which runs local courses in mindfulness for people with long term illness - see our local links page. New for 2013: Vidyamala has now written a new book Mindfulness for Health with Dr Danny Penman.

How To Be Sick by Toni Bernhard. Written for the chronically sick and their caregivers, this book 'contains easy-to-learn tools and practices to help people live skillfully, maintain equanimity, and even find joy despite the profound changes in their lives'. There's more about the book on Toni's webpage.

Beat Fatigue with Yoga by Fiona Agombar: a step-by-step guide specifically for those affected by fatigue.


Bodyscan, Mindfulness of Breathing and Kindly Awareness Meditation CDs: as used on the Breathworks course, these CDs form an excellent introduction to meditation.


Beat Fatigue with Yoga by Fiona Agombar: a gently paced step-by-step guide.

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