my anecdote wasn't used to illustrate how me/cfs patients are treated - my friend does not have ME. It was used to illustrate how doctors are overdiagnosing stress and pushing the notion that physical issues stem from mental health issues in cases where they obviously don't. I am not saying they never do, just that they stress explanation is GROSSLY overused by docs. Not to mention psychiatrists. To put it mildly. There was actually an article, a public document written and distributed by a group of UK psych only this year, in which they CALLED FOR ALL OF THOSE WITH UNEXPLAINED physical complaints to be diagnosed with mental health issues (that cause those unexplained physical symptoms). I posted it the link here somewhere at the time ... Criminal stuff.