Well-Known Law Prof Battles Stigma Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome By Going Public

 

Steven Lubet

 

By Debra Cassens Weiss in ABA Journal.

 

For many who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, stigma is the worst aspect of the illness.

People suffering from the syndrome, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis, have been treated as malingerers and met with disbelief, according to Northwestern University law professor Steven Lubet. Many have been referred to psychiatrists.

But the debilitating effects of the illness are real, Lubet writes in cross posts at Legal Ethics Forum and the Faculty Lounge. Lubet has been coping with the syndrome since late 2006.

“I am often essentially immobile, with other debilitating symptoms as well,” Lubet writes. “On days when no one sees or hears from me, it is most likely because I am housebound or bedbound. Sometimes it is impossible to manage the keyboard.”

 

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