Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.
All people experience fatigue now and then, for instance, after a heavy day at work or at school or attending to chores and children at home. For most, the fatigue is temporary, and after some rest or a different activity, it is gone. But many people experience a reduced capacity for work, studies, or daily activities because of severe, sometimes disabling fatigue.
Fatigue, in fact, is one of the most common reasons for people to seek medical care. What's more, fatigue is not always visible, nor is it detectable by any blood sample or other test. Fatigue is a private experience, often accompanied by a sense of powerlessness and stress owing to the misperception that a fatigued person is lazy or unengaged.
Rönnbäck L. Fatigue. JAMA. 2006;295(4):444-445. doi:10.1001/jama.295.4.444