ETA: Dr Yes has written a very lucid summary of this topic, and why we should care - it's so good, I decided to put it at the top of the thread: (My original first post is in blue, below.) Hi folks. Disclaimer fist: this thread is aimed primarily at Americans, though of course everyone is welcome, and please forgive my radical simplification of this complex topic. The American Psychiatric Association is lobbying the World Health Organization to "harmonize" their diagnoses, which for our purposes means they may want to have ME/CFS changed from its current classification under infectious diseases of the nervous system, to a classification under functional somatic disorders, and/or make it easier to add a functional somatic diagnosis along with any physical disease (OK, OK, you're physically ill - but you're also mentally ill.). Uh-oh. To my mind, this seems like a step in the direction we've been fearing, that the psych lobby is trying to reinforce their position in the face of the XMRV finding (and other findings that point to biological disease). There are activists keeping an eye on this for the UK, but there are important differences between the UK and US situations. Does anybody know if there is already US advocacy being done focused on this topic? Has the CAA, for example, issued any statements on this? I'd appreciate anybody pointing me toward any work already being done on this. Time is short.