Not even sure this is worth a thread but this annoyed me. Just listened to R4's Thinking Allowed, a sociology programme. Today's guest was promoting her book 'Exhaustion - a history'. Neurasthenia and burnout were rather unsympathetically discussed as fashionable terms for the same thing and inevitably there was a bit about CFS. This part was very short, and they sort of tried to be balanced (although 'balance' where one side is total fiction is unbelievably frustrating), the author conceding that it might turn out to be physical! It's so infuriating that ME is even considered an appropriate example in such a context. I mean, they didn't discuss Lupus or other fatigue-causing conditions. Anyway, not even sure it's worth an email to the programme as the CFS reference was short and inconsequential (and they would say they'd been balanced), I'm just left depressed and needing to vent that we're still material for this kind of nonsense. That name 'chronic fatigue syndrome' strikes again! If anyone's interested the CFS bit is about 22 mins in: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08yq2bj The presenter does make a point of reading out correspondence the following week, if anyone wants to comment. It would be an opportunity to politely say why ME is not just exhaustion. I don't think I've got the brain power today. I certainly need to be in a more polite mood! ETA: Compared to all the NICE stuff going on, this is very trivial. But boy is it irritating.