1. This post is a response to http://clarissasblog.com/2011/12/17/how-pill-guzzlers-theorize-their-identity/
I had the same condition during my twenties. My solution was to realize how much aggression I had turned inwards. Women — especially in right wing or religiously informed cultures — tend to unconsciously model themselves on the ideal of passive suffering as a form of sainthood. It’s not thought through or deliberate but an unconscious tendency. The body gets overheated and run down because all the energy that should be directed at the world is locked inside the body with nowhere to go. One should be sublimating this aggression by establishing one’s identity in the world, but the unconscious mind is determined to lock one into passive sainthood.
That was certainly my condition and there is no doubt in my mind that the illness was physiological. There is a certain point where you can’t simply “snap out of it”, because you’ve ruined your physiological health with this ongoing misdirected (and entirely unconscious) aggression.
The solution is to bring the aggression out of you in some way, very gradually, whilst working to develop a healthier self image at the unconscious level. The difficulty is that many would resist the idea that they harbored unconscious aggression. I had no trouble facing this insight as I have a very innovative mindset (which I had also been repressing).
May 2012 ADDENDUM: Many women try to solve the problem of macro- or micro-aggressions against them (designed to teach them the secondary nature of their place) by conforming to patriarchal mores and accepting traditional gender roles. They end up giving in to those who would have society return to a very traditional state. I resolved not to be one of those women. A person with situationally-engendered chronic fatigue needs to face their anger and aggression about the behaviour of significant people in their lives, as well as their anger about significant life events.Then they must gradually develop ways to use anger more productively, to release that pressure that has already built up. This has to be a long term goal, as one’s body needs to recover from all the abuse accepted into it over the long term, as a result of staying passive and submissive to events that had filled you with still unrecognized rage.