Hi I am wondering if anyone knows a good counselor in South Carolina (Columbia) that I can see. I have suffered from CFIDS/FM for the past seven years. In fact, I became ill on Christmas morning 1998. I have never been the same. I am married and have one child. The problem is I have no emotional support. I feel so lonely. I fight depression everyday. My husband has stayed with me. He admits that he feels sorry for me and may have left a while ago but I have no one. I am only close to my parents on a superficial level. I cannot count on them to take care of me if needed. I have had to be more of a grown up than they have at times. My mom betrayed me in the past, and though I have forgiven and her and moved on, I cannot count on her to really be there for me. The majority of my family "pretends" that I am fine. They never ask how I am doing. Over the years, I have missed sooo many events, but my family acts as if I am away because I have a cold or something. My husband supports me and I am thankful. He just can't give any emotional support. He is the most compassionate man I know until it comes to me. He just doesn't show any emotions or feelings. We also don't discuss my illness. Friends have told me that I just need counseling. They can't understand why a doctor can't fix me. I HAVE NO EMOTIONAL SUPPORT! I am so lonely most days. Support groups in my area form and then dissolve. I am depressed and don't know how my life will ever change. I had to quit my job and feel like a shell of my former self. I do need counseling at this point. How do you survive when you can't count on one human being to "be there" with you while you suffer. I feel guilty because I know that others are suffering more than I am. But some days I can't even lift my arms. I sit on the sofa like a zombie. For those of you connected to the SC area, I am desperate for resources or referrals.