Welcome to the CFS forum!
Well, rather than recite the many signs and symptoms of what is recognized as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, aka Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS) in the US, and Myaglic Encelphal-something (ME) in the UK and much of Europe, which could take quite some time, I will refer you to a handful of websites which can do a much better job explaining it than me. Please see the links below. Anyway, in general, one must have fatigue which interferes with one's typical routine, fatigue following exercise which is completely disproportionate to the amount of exercise, for longer than 6 months, to receive the CFS diagnosis. There are many, many more other symptoms, though, so do refer to this other info:Chronic Fatigue Resource CenterDiagnostic Criteria from Centers for Disease ControlCFS HomepageThe CFIDS/ME Info PageAction for ME
Your confusion is typical, so please don't feel badly. In the early days of the recognition of CFS, there was a rather burning controversy, that is was really Depression. But research has shown that it is absolutely not depression, but a distinct illness, in which depression is either a symptoms, or secondary result of the drastic change in lifestyle which ensues(sp?).
J C S, welcome to you as well!
What makes you think Akram does not have CFS? I really don't think he/she (omg, let's not start this again! LOL!!)--I don't think Akram has really revealed enough info to make a guess about
diagnosis one way or the other. Akram's inability to get out of bed may be a symptom of depression OR a symptom of CFS. In any case, the info I posted should help him/her decide what to do next.
Glad to meet you both, and welcome aboard!