Cognitive behavioral therapy

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that is used as a management technique for a wide range of life-altering events, including serious and/or chronic illness such as cancer and multiple sclerosis. In these contexts, it helps patients to adapt to their health condition.

CBT is often proposed as a treatment for ME/CFS.[1] However, in this context, its goal is frequently to disabuse patients of purportedly false illness beliefs.[2]

CBT is one of the therapies used in the controversial PACE trial.[3]

United Kingdom[edit]

This video shows excerpts from a British training video. CBT is offered (free of charge) to patients by the British National Health Service (NHS).

Articles Explaining CBT Not Appropriate For ME/CFS[edit]

ProHealth: The Chokehold Behavioral Treatments Have on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome[4]

ME Association: No decisions about ME without me: [5]

ME/CFS Research UK Slams Lancet Psychiatry Report Advocating Exercise For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Sufferers[6]

Notable studies[edit]

Learn more[edit]

References[edit]

  1. "CBT for chronic fatigue syndrome"
  2. "The Lancet Psychiatry: Rehabilitative therapies for chronic fatigue syndrome: a secondary mediation analysis of the PACE trial"
  3. "Our CBT, GET and Pacing Report calls for major changes to therapies offered for ME/CFS"
  4. "ProHealth: The Chokehold Behavioral Treatments Have on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome"
  5. "ME Association: No decisions about me without me"
  6. "Research UK Slams Lancet Psychiatry Report Advocating Exercise for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Sufferers"
  7. Friedberg, Fred. (2016). Cognitive-behavior therapy: why is it so vilified in the chronic fatigue syndrome community? Fatigue: Biomedicine, Health & Behavior, 4 (3):127-131. doi:10.1080/21641846.2016.1200884 Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21641846.2016.1200884


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