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Discussion in 'Latest ME/CFS Research' started by Levi, Nov 15, 2009.

  1. Levi

    Levi Senior Member

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  2. _Kim_

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    Levi

    I can access the article. I will PM you with my password so you can too. Will you re-post some of the more salient quotes here?
  3. gracenote

    gracenote All shall be well . . .

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    always been curious about this

    Thanks for pulling out that quote, Levi. From the article above regarding PWCs:
    Here's one thing I've always been curious about and I don't think I've ever read or heard anyone mention:

    Do clinically depressed patients go to their doctors believing that they, too, have physical problems with unknown physical causes?
  4. gracenote

    gracenote All shall be well . . .

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    organic vs. functional

    Levi,

    I envy your brain. I can't seem to hold two competing or complementary thoughts in my head all at the same time. I won't be disagreeing with what you posted, but I do cringe a bit at the psychoanalytic terms of "somatization," "conversion disorder" and "repressed psychic distress," along with the phrase "symptoms eerily similar to CFS."
    This is the problem is it not? "Well trained clinicians" have identified CFS not as organic but as functional. Just look at a book titled The Psychopathology of Functional Somatic Syndromes: Neurobiology and Illness Behavior in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Gulf War Illness, Irritable Bowel, and Premenstrual Dysphoria by Peter Manu. This book is full of peer reviewed studies "proving" that CFS is functional. It sort of made me "typically" depressed.

    Anyway, that's all I'm gonna say for now.
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    gracenote All shall be well . . .

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    "well trained"

    From Levi,
    I'm very happy that your experience was positive. And I don't want to infer that I think all in the psychiatric profession are misguided because I do not believe that. But I also think there are those who do not go the extra steps your doctor did, who are completely well-meaning and "well trained," simply because they have not been educated to look beyond these labels.

    I think I have read too much of the "functional illness" research to not be more concerned about even those in this discipline who have no agenda. I wonder what a meta analysis of the literature would show in regards to this question.
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    gracenote All shall be well . . .

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    descriptive title

    Hey Levi,

    I'm done for now. I cannot make sense of anything anymore.

    I am quite amazed, though, that this thread you started with the very descriptive title of "Anyone have link for full article?" has gotten 140 views so far. Think how many views you could get with a title like "Definitive cause for ME/CFS found." Wouldn't that be fun?

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