By Anil van der Zee in CAPTURE. DANCE. WORDS.
Since the publication of the Dutch Health Council we’ve had numerous articles in the media about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy/Graded Exercise Therapy (CBT/GET), the body and mind connection along with the psychological (and social) factors. I’ve already responded to an opinion piece by Knoop et al about the body and mind connection but I also wanted to respond to a narrative that has been plaguing the ME community for a long time.
The questions are often; Why do patients with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) have such issues with psychological factors with regards to their disease? Especially the aversion towards CBT and GET? Which would be weird because psychological factors play a part in many diseases!? Now is that really the whole story? Do patients with ME really have issues with the fact that psychological factors could play a part in their illness? Do patients really not want any psychological treatments?
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