Recommended for the wrong reasons: With the risk of starting today's controversial thread, I found this article from "Personnel Today -- Occupational health and wellbeing": Dispelling the myths about chronic fatigue syndrome http://www.personneltoday.com/hr/dispelling-the-myths-about-chronic-fatigue-syndrome/ "The level of misinformation about the causes and trajectory of these illnesses leaves sufferers at the centre of employment tribunals and challenging HR situations. This is undesirable and avoidable." "The Chrysalis Effect is a model that aims is to demystify and redefine the way organisations can approach these conditions via a model of recovery and by embedding a culture of awareness and prevention among leaders. In thousands of health profiles globally it is clear that those employees or business owners most susceptible are the high fliers who will be unaware of the early warning signs until it is too late." "On the surface sufferers appear strong, goal-focused and capable, naturally able to excel at whatever they do. The drivers of that behaviour emanate from a person who is actually highly sensitive physically and emotionally." "When a conscientious driven person, who has perfectionist tendencies, is beginning to experience these unexplained symptoms they are somewhat in a double bind. They do everything to try to cope and fulfil their role, yet secretly they are struggling, which is why these conditions develop unnoticed by their colleagues." "We also see cases where there is evidence of “secondary gain” or a payoff for being ill. This has to be addressed in the right way, as it is often borne out of fear and avoidance and is largely unconscious rather than deliberate." "Along the way they will visit websites, online forums or read literature about these conditions. When they start to look for answers they find conflicting definitions with potentially bleak outcomes." "It is for these reasons that people end up becoming defined by their illness." "These illnesses are a combination of predisposition, physical constitution and specific contributory and environmental factors. Many of those factors are stress related, and need to be addressed systematically via an informed multi-disciplinary approach." "For many, what lies at the heart of their “disease’” is the internalised effect of the environment they are working in, the lack of joy in their work, the impact of challenging work relationships and the unhealthy lifestyle that develops as a result of self-medicating." Ouch! So glad to now know it was my fault I became ill. What a shame I didn't hear about the Chrysalis Effect model 30 years ago.