" Give them enough rope and they will hang themselves."
Following from Sykes
BOTH statements are fallacies. However if you believe the first its irrational and hypocritical to not believe the second. By extension, adding them all up, you would have to conclude the DSM (and ICD equivalents) or almost any psychiatric disorder are not valid disease categories.
Or you can simply admit the fallacy.
There are other arguments about the invalidity of CFS or ME diagnoses. However when you look at most psych diagnoses the picture is likely to be no better. At least ME has objective tests that reliably show pathophysiology, even if they are not yet considered diagnostic, such as NK cell function and the 2 day CPET, or for a subset the Tilt Table Test. While some pathophysiology is known for some psych disorders, its a real hodgepodge.
This blog came to me as I was waking up this morning, right after a dream in which I was exploring the USA as a tourist, on foot. The only gear I was carrying was a swag: http://www.australiandictionary.net/swag
Blog entry posted by alex3619, Oct 19, 2015.
About the Author
I am a long term ME patient with many complications. While I have pushed research advocacy since 1993, I became political around 2009. My current project is a book called "Embracing Uncertainty". Uncertainty in medical science seems anathema to too many doctors. "I do not know" is something more doctors should be honest about.