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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

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 | edit source]

Centers for Disease Control[edit | edit source]

July 2017, the CDC's Chronic Fatigue Syndrome page has been changed to Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and GET and CBT recomendations have been removed.[7][8]

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