Psychology Today presents
distorted view of CFIDS -- respond now!
In the June issue of Psychology
Today, which is on newsstands now, there’s an
articlecalled “Is It All in My Head?” that reinforces the idea that CFS, or
CFIDS, is caused by stress, the mind, or a patient’s illness belief system. All
these concepts are integrated into the article.
The author, Melissa Schorr, interviewed Dr. Leonard Jason, Kim
McCleary, Dr. Dedra Buchwald and Laura Hillenbrand, among others. All the
individuals interviewed no doubt participated thinking the article would be
balanced and include current scientific and patient perspectives, not outdated
stereotypes. Unfortunately, those interviewed have no control over the writer’s,
or the magazine’s, editorial slant and they don’t get to approve how their
statements are used.
The CFIDS Association, and many members of the broader CFS
community, are concerned that the article actually ends up contributing to the
myths and misperceptions that thwart public understanding of CFS.
encourage you to write to the editorial staff at Psychology
Today to register your concerns. It’s easy to do. Just click on “Take
Action" in the top right corner of this message. We’ve prepared a draft
letter to which you can add your personal comments and/or edit to suit your
style. Use the “Tell a Friend” feature to spread the word to others who may wish
to write Psychology Today. Your letters will be sent to the writer and
top editorial staff.
Your messages will help shape better coverage of CFIDS in the
future. Thanks for using the Grassroots
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