I think we may be seeing the influence of insurance companies in the UK. Many of the psychiatric lobby have second jobs working for these companies. There has to be a reason why psychiatrists and allied professionals find it worthwhile to spend their time on ME. First of all their was the attention seeking and fame angle. Then there was the chance to propogate their belief system Insurance companies hired them as advisers so financial rewards followed Books could be written and sold There was a closed circle of like-minded people writing papers for journals, being peer-reviewed by their friends and then endlessly referenced by one another giving an impression that there was a concensus Professional advancement followed and the financial rewards that came with that The UK NHS rewarded them with salaries and a final pension scheme For a long time it was a win/win situation for psychiatrists (and their followers) they could build a career in the UK, be safe from criticism as their friends controlled the MRC, the medical journals. NHS doctors protect one another and so did the other establishment powers. I'm seeing a lot of parelells with the Jimmy Savile/sex abuse/MP sex abuse news being aired in the UK at the moment. We have powerful figures who have ruined patients lives through the UK adopting CBT and GET to treat patients here. My health was ruined through a GET program early on. These people are then protected by the larger system. Patients are denied a voice. Newspaper won't touch the story of what happened to individual patients like me. They won't touch the corruption around PACE.The public is encouraged to view us as hate figures by the polemic of militant, death threats etc.