Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Specialist Willmar MN

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.

Dr. C. Walker
C. William Walker, Ph.D.
(320) 354-4489
128 Pine St
New London, MN
Credentials
Credentials: Ph.D
Licensed in Minnesota
40 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, Physical Illness/Impairment, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Personality Disorde
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com

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Patricia R. Evans
(952) 428-1750
Aspen Medical Group--Division of Allina Hospitals and Clinics
Minneapolis, MN
Services
Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Individual Psychotherapy, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Family Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Minnesota
Credentialed Since: 1997-06-16

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Julie Borg
(507) 238-8598
800 Medical Center Drive
Fairmont, MN
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Couples Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Infants (0-2 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Argosy University - Twin Cities
Credentialed Since: 2000-09-21

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Donald E. Williams
(507) 261-7080
Exe & Org Cnslt, Inc. & DecisionPoint BehavHlth
Rochester, MN
Services
Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Couples Psychotherapy, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Stress Management or Pain Management
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Alabama - Birmingham
Credentialed Since: 1993-09-16

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William N. Robiner
(612) 624-1479
Univ Minnesota Med Schl, Hlth Psych
Minneapolis, MN
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Stress Management or Pain Management, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Washington University
Credentialed Since: 1991-11-29

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Patrick D. Cotter
(612) 920-4570
1547 Livingston Avenue
West St. Paul, MN
Services
Disorder Diagnosed in Infancy-Adolescence (e.g., ADHD, LD, MR, or Pervasive Devel Disorder), Individual Psychotherapy, Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Ages Served
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Infants (0-2 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: U So Dakota
Credentialed Since: 1976-12-08

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Edward E. Schmidt
(218) 739-2290
321 W Vernon
Fergus Falls, MN
Services
Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Personality Disorder (e.g., borderline, antisocial), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Clinical Neuropsychological Assessment
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Ball State University
Credentialed Since: 1987-03-27

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Katherine Thomas
(612) 825-3440
3001 Hennepin Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN
Services
Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Psychological Assessment, Forensic Evaluation (e.g., mental competency evaluation)
Ages Served
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Argosy University - Twin Cities
Credentialed Since: 2004-04-02

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Thyra Anne Fossum
(612) 229-8198
91 North Snelling Avenue
Saint Paul, MN
Services
Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Couples Psychotherapy, PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Personality Disorder (e.g., borderline, antisocial)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Pennsylvania State University
Credentialed Since: 2011-06-02

Data Provided by:
Maureen J. Winger
(320) 252-1670
St. Cloud VAMC
St. Cloud, MN
Services
Clinical Neuropsychological Assessment, Psychological Assessment, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: U No Dakota
Credentialed Since: 1996-03-04

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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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