Those in the UK, and those who would support them, please check this out... http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentis...llcomments=true&commentpage=1&commentposted=1 It seems the conversation cannot rise above accusations that the ME community behaves badly and refuses to accept a diagnosis of mental illness in order to avoid the associated stigma. This is so horribly wrong and unfair. If you are feeling eloquent, please do what you can to address this situation. I have a stepchild with a serious mental illness, anorexia nervosa. I posted the following: WistM 10 Oct 09, 8:38pm (1 minute ago) The only reason that ME patients resist a diagnosis of depression or other mental illness is that it is inaccurate and treatment for an illness we do not have will not work. I have a beautiful child with a serious mental illness. I understand the sensitivity of those who hear only the desperate chorus of: we're not depressed! However, we would happily accept a diagnosis of depression if it led to useful and effective treatment. I believe you will find the ME community has a great deal of hard won empathy for people with mental illness. We understand what it is like to be marginalized in the way patients in both communities are. My child does not have an easier time of it than I do. All we ask is that the diagnostic protocol and the resultant treatment be scientifically sound. Stop diaguessing us! Follow the science. That's all. That should not be too much to ask.