I just happened upon a couple of articles debunking psychological interventions in cancer patients as far as improving survival. Even though they pertain to Cancer there are enough related issues that the me/cfs community deals with such as the lack of quality research, the political aspects of research the pace trial as well as the belief that me/cfs is psychological that make this thread worth posting. I have included a lot of quotes as I think this is a very important topic. There are, of course, some very distinct differences between Cancer and me/cfs and hopefully I have addressed this at the end of this post. This is the paper the author is talking about. Psychological Intervention Improves Survival for Breast Cancer Patients From The American Cancer Society: While there are very clear differences as far as the scientific knowledge about cancer vs. me/cfs, just the fact that there is mention of issues related to the pace trial are refreshing. I would also hope that the fact that while support groups as well as psychological interventions only helping quality of life would not be interpreted as the same as CBC where a negative illness belief is addressed. There is mention of individual therapy only improving quality of life, group support is more heavily weighted. I think there are still a lot of positives in these articles that show a step in the right direction, even though they are baby steps. Barb ETA There are several other sources I want to cite but can't find them, (the second time today I have done this.). At this point I am exhausted (but worth it) and will return when I am refreshed to add these. I was so excited to see this refreshing point of view, I wanted to get this information out there ASAP. Who, me impatient?