You, ME And CBT


Jamison Writes


From the Jamison Writes Blog.


I remember when a doctor of mine suggested I incorporate cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and graded exercise therapy (GET) into my treatment plan. She might as well have said, “Hey Jamison, I’d like you to try smoking cigarettes to treat your symptoms. Start slow, maybe a few a day, but your long-term goal should be to smoke at least a pack a day. Sound good?”

Now if you just said, “Wait, there’s no way a doctor would ever suggest a treatment that’s as harmful as smoking cigarettes,” or something along those lines, let me tell you, that comparison is not hyperbole. At least not as it pertains specifically to GET. On the other hand, CBT doesn’t seem to be harmful, but I’d classify it as a method of coping with the byproducts of a horrible disease rather than an effective way of treating that disease.

If you have never heard of CBT or GET (don’t worry, most people haven’t), or why they are so controversial (and often harmful) pertaining to MECFS, I recommend you read a pair of recent articles (links embedded below) outlining the debunking of most, if not all, of the evidence which previously suggested the two were effective treatments for MECFS. Perhaps the best example is a 2011 study from the Lancet, a highly regarded medical journal. The study, which is widely referred to as the PACE trial, was recently disproved by a swarm of independent analysts, after a court ordered the study’s raw data be released to the public.


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