Guilt, denial and “first world” problems? Claire blogs for ME Awareness:
“Many quacks – and by quacks I mean the types who deny the heaps of medical evidence and the W.H.O. classification – run clinics where M.E. sufferers are denied their essential supports and told that they can do without them if they want it enough. Women and children with M.E. are mentally and physically abused by the health system. Sophia Mirza was forcibly sectioned having refused to attend a clinic where GET and CBT were mandatory for patients. She died two years later.
The element that links these incidents is denial. It is difficult to understand how a doctor can say with a straight face that patients think themselves ill. Yet a small group of psychiatrists are defining British government policy towards M.E. with this very argument, and while some are growing wealthy applying harmful “cures” to these supposedly recalcitrant women, there is no funding for biomedical research into the illness.
This is nothing new. Multiple Sclerosis was once termed hysterical paralysis…
From M.E. awareness day: In Denial – Claire, Scríbhneoir páirt-aimseartha