Action for M.E. made the following submission yesterday, June 15: As the largest by far CFS/M.E. charity in the UK, in 2010 Action for M.E. commented on the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Associations (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) We made the points that: 1. We were gravely concerned and alarmed to hear of the possibility of CFS/M.E. being classified as a psychiatric disorder, based on comments made in the APA Work Group on somatoform disorders. 2. CFS/M.E. is a long-term and disabling Illness which is classified by the World Health Organisation in ICD 10 G93.3 as a neurological disorder. There is a large and growing body of evidence from scientific research and from clinicians which supports the view that the illness is physical in origin. 3. We oppose any attempt to classify CFS/M.E. as a psychiatric disorder either explicitly or implicitly. Our concern increased considerably on reading the latest draft (18 April 2011) of DSM-5 which could have a profound and detrimental impact on people with M.E. who could so easily be misdiagnosed as having a psychiatric condition when assessed against the proposed criteria.