Dr John H Greensmith
Founder, ME Free For All.org:
If any part of “somatoform” means continuing to hold on to an erroneous belief that one is ill, or is perhaps hypochondriacal, there ought to be evidence of such behaviour before a diagnosis with M.E. and/or that there are benefits of doing so which outweigh any disadvantages. Neither of these is usually true, when most people with M.E. had a good work or school attendance record and conducted the doctor only for perfectly reasonable concerns and, taking for granted no malingering, or faking, which seems unlikely, I don’t know a single M.E. sufferer who is financially better off, as well as being socially isolated and often with shattered relationships.
The other principal purpose of an accurately defined category is for recommending treatments for M.E. (and co-incidentally all other conditions trapped in this chronic fatigue bundle). I am only aware of two treatments, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Graded Exercise Therapy (GET), on offer from the orthodox medical establishment before the charlatans see their chance. None can claim a cure, by which I mean a complete return to their former working and social lives, or even a significant level of recovery without relapse. All have very serious criticisms to answer, especially GET, ... Read more>>