Hi, I’m a new member of this group (will introduce myself very soon!) but I have a burning question and I wonder if others on here can help me. I've got my assessment next week at the local cfs/pain management clinic. They’ve advised me to read the book “Overcoming chronic fatigue” by Mary Burgess and Trudie Chalder before then. Basically, it’s about using CBT techniques and graded exercise. I'm posting this to sound people out before I go – has anyone read this and if so, can I have your views please? Can people also give their views on CBT and graded exercise – I’m just trying to get my head round stuff before I go. My first impression of this book is there are no references in it – it says there is evidence of trials but the evidence isn't shown, neither are the numbers used in the sample groups. It’s not sitting well with me currently, some of the statements are very woolly and they don’t say what their comments are based on – I’ve only read a few chapters but I can’t say I’m impressed. Having said that, I can see what they’re saying about deconditioning and having structure, however, living with ME and managing it isn’t as simple as they make out (in my opinion). This is my third bout of ME, last time I was ill for six years, this time round I’ve been unwell for over 2 years. Some days I can barely walk – I’m struggling to see how this therapy is going to help me at all. Thanks.