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Radio Atlantic: Fatigue Can Wreck You

Radio Atlantic: Fatigue Can Wreck You

[ad_1] As a medical term, fatigue seems suspiciously unspecific. Is it just the common tired we all feel, but extra? Is it more like a bad, long day? A state of mind? This lack of clarity made me assume that “fatigue” was a medical mystery and thus impossible for doctors to diagnose or treat. In this episode of Radio Atlantic, former Atlantic staff writer Ed Yong disabuses me of that idea. I was surprised to learn the medical establishment actually knows quite a bit about the mechanisms of fatigue. What often gets in the way of understanding or treating it can be based more in bias than in an absence of knowledge. As ambitious Americans, we tend to attach value to productivity. Good capitalists that we are, we can’t help ourselves. This bias forces a lot of sufferers of fatigue to hide their symptoms, or fall prey to bad medical advice that tells them to exercise or grind their way through their symptoms. As the number of people with long COVID increases, understanding fatigue, a …