From Missing More.
Brett’s experience from Australia illustrates the global impact of UK graded exercise therapy and related research. It also shows the immense pressure that people with ME are under to comply with exercise regimes:
When I first was diagnosed with ME, I was told that the illness was psychosomatic and that I had convinced myself that I was ill when there was nothing physically wrong with me (known as “false illness beliefs”). It should be obvious to most people (with the exception of psychiatrists perhaps) that this is pseudo-scientific nonsense. The only “cure” recommended by medical bodies worldwide was behavioural therapy and exercise.
Undergoing psychiatric therapy to ignore my symptoms seemed stupid and illogical, but I decided to try to exercise. After all, what harm could exercise do? It’s unambiguously good for you, right?
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