Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Specialist Oskaloosa IA

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a complex pattern of symptoms, including fatigue, depression, fibromyalgia, chemical sensitivity, headache, “brain fog,” poor memory, changes in appetite, and sleep disturbances.

Ms. Joni Dittmer
Joni Dittmer
(563) 320-4395
12090 W. 240th St.
Iowa, IA
Credentials
Credentials: LISW
Licensed in Iowa
27 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Behavioral Problems, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, Phobias, Sexual Abuse/
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Janis Edwards
Associates for Psychiatric Services
(712) 234-0220
600 4th Street Suite 501
Sioux City, IA
Credentials
Credentials: LISW
Licensed in Iowa
29 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationship
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Judy Prochaska
Psychology Health Group
(563) 359-4049
2102 E 38th St
Davenport, IA
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LISW, LCSW
Licensed in Iowa
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Substance, Behavioral Problems, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Dual Diagnosis, Life Transitions
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
John R. Bigelow
(712) 243-2606
SW Iowa Mental Health Center
Atlantic, IA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Schizophrenia or other Psychotic Disorder, Personality Disorder (e.g., borderline, antisocial)
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: George Fox University
Credentialed Since: 2001-02-02

Data Provided by:
Angela Stokes
(712) 239-1111
2601 Apache Court
Sioux City, IA
Services
Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Psychological Assessment, Substance-Related Disorder (e.g., abuse or dependency involving drug/alcohol), Disorder Diagnosed in Infancy-Adolescence (e.g., ADHD, LD, MR, or Pervasive Devel Disorder), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Ages Served
Infants (0-2 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: U So Dakota
Credentialed Since: 2006-07-25

Data Provided by:
Mrs. Patty Cook
Integrative Counseling Solutions Inc.
(641) 842-4352
107 South 3rd Street
Knoxville, IA
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LISW
Licensed in Iowa
14 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Self Abuse, Sexua
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Offenders/Perpetrators, Step Families, Gifted
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Jennifer Swaim
St. Luke's Hospital
Cedar Rapids, IA
Services
Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Individual Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Iowa State University
Credentialed Since: 2006-05-16

Data Provided by:
Ms. Lynda Topp
Counseling Center of Iowa City
(319) 337-6483
2101 ACT Circle Suite 202
Iowa City, IA
Credentials
Credentials: LISW
Licensed in Iowa
27 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Thomas Lee Millard
(563) 243-6054
1523 South Bluff Blvd.
Clinton, IA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment, Psychoeducational Evaluation, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder)
Ages Served
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Iowa
Credentialed Since: 2000-10-30

Data Provided by:
Philip L. Ascheman
(515) 253-0566
7177 Hickman Rd, Ste 12
Des Moines, IA
Services
Substance-Related Disorder (e.g., abuse or dependency involving drug/alcohol), Stress Management or Pain Management, Psychological Assessment, Personality Disorder (e.g., borderline, antisocial), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Iowa State University
Credentialed Since: 1993-04-02

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - Teenage Depression

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By Jake Paul Fratkin, OMD, LAc

I suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Can Traditional Chinese Medicine help me?

Regardless of Western medical terminology, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) characterizes all illnesses as imbalances of organ function or poor circulation of qi (pronounced chi), or energy, and blood in the body’s channels. In chronic cases with many diverse symptoms, we try to ascertain how, where, and why organ and channel dysfunctions are happening, and we work to restore an original, natural state of health with a combination of Chinese herbal medicines and acupuncture.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a complex pattern of symptoms, including fatigue, depression, fibromyalgia, chemical sensitivity, headache, “brain fog,” poor memory, changes in appetite, and sleep disturbances.

I believe the true source of CFS is one or more pathogenic microbes, including viruses, bacteria, or protozoa that enter the body during an acute illness that often resembles the flu. The pathogenic microbes can damage a cell’s mitochondria (the cell’s energy factories), leading to profound fatigue. In the case of viruses, the pathogen can disturb DNA replication, leading to the chronic nature of the illness.

In addition to direct microbial invasion, many practitioners in the natural healing arts believe CFS can result from “leaky gut syndrome,” or small-intestine colitis. Leaky gut syndrome usually manifests after one consumes antibiotics, either as medicines or in animal foods. By inadvertently killing the thousands of beneficial and protective intestinal bacteria, the antibiotics allow harmful fungi, such as Candida albicans, or pathogenic bacteria to proliferate. These can then irritate and inflame the internal lining of the small intestine and allow absorption of foods into the blood before they’re fully digested. The body’s immune system will see these as allergens and attack them.

In the end, the intestines’ permeability disintegrates, and microbial and chemical toxins are absorbed into the blood, overwhelming the immune system as well as the liver’s ability to detoxify. Some chemicals stay in the blood, affecting brain function. Others precipitate into the connective tissue surrounding muscles, causing fibromyalgia.

The key treatments in Chinese medicine focus on regulating and detoxifying the liver and repairing small-intestine inflammation and permeability. This requires specific herbs to move liver qi and blood and to cool any inflammatory heat. As the liver regains its ability to detoxify, poisons exit the body. The symptoms of headache, fibromyalgia, and fatigue gradually disappear. Chinese medicine and acupuncture can be quite effective, especially if the intervention occurs early on in the condition. This holds especially true when an active viral irritant is present, because TCM is quite effective in combating viral illnesses.

Detoxifying the liver can be done with a variety of Chinese herbal formulas, including Chai Hu S...

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