It is not that our members see mental illness as a shameful diagnosis to be avoided under the cloak of ME. It is instead that they have to contend with distressing neurological symptoms which remain unrecognised and untreated. Then the psychological factors really do kick in, stemming from isolation and despair.
Let's finally admit that the helplessness and loss of control routinely felt by those with ME, from having an illness which is misunderstood, is equally a factor for those trying to help them. Doctors, when confronted by ME, are forced to face the fact that their traditional understanding of causation and treatment may not be applicable. Could it be that they fall back on "blaming the patient" and the "ME lobby" rather than themselves?
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