The point on the potential threat of dismantling entire (albeit unscientific) branch of medicine—psychosomatic medicine—is well taken. It’s why we’ve seen such extreme behavior on the part of psychosomatic proponents when their logic is questioned: calling patients militant 1/
and making false claims of threats and harassment, setting up fake accounts on this platform to promote “FND” as something other than repackaged hysteria, and I was even made a personal target for abuse by a local psychiatrist because of my stance that hysteria be abolished. 2/
They seem to know, especially with the coming large population of #longhaulers and #LongCovid patients, that the jig of combining CBT with some behavioral or activity protocol and calling it a “treatment” is finally probably going to be up. We in the patient advocacy 3/
community likely need to be prepared for some real epic and bizarre tactics for these folks to try to save their careers. But remember: we are not the extreme ones for wanting to cut out the cancer of hysteria/psychosomatic theory that has NO PLACE in medicine. The cancer 4/
should NEVER have been allowed to grow this large to begin with. Let’s keep up the good fight for real science and against medical gaslighting! 5/#MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #MECFS #ChronicFatigueSyndrome #chronicillness #patientsafety #PatientCare #Gaslighting #ScienceMatters

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Hello #MedTwitter. #chronicillness patient here. In our community we talk a lot about paternalism, medical gaslighting, etc. We’re past the point where it could be a few bad apples, it’s clearly systemic. However, I’ve been disheartened by the fact that 1/…
good #physicians refuse to call out colleagues who engage in this abusive and vile behavior, even on an anonymous basis: the blog posts I’m linking to is authored by someone who doesn’t have the courage to attach his name. I honestly don’t see how we are 2/…
going to change medical culture unless doctors begin to vocally condemn these attitudes and demand that such mindsets are incompatible with practicing medicine safely. Would you want a doctor like this treating a loved one? Then why is it acceptable for 3/…
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Alright, I’m just going to announce this: cognitive behavior therapy CBT is NOT an appropriate first-line treatment for poorly understood physical conditions such as #insomnia, #chronicpain, #MECFS, etc. It is a wastebasket that has enabled medicine to toss #patients a 1/
wastebasket because they don’t know any to admit they don’t know what’s wrong, which causes the conditions themselves to be psychologicalogized, minimized and trivialized. This has a chilling effect on biomedical research for these conditions. The numbers touting the success 2/
of CBT are easy to fudge, given the circular reasoning the theory is largely based on. Not to mention the damaging effects to patients when they supposed didn’t “think” hard enough to get better. Since #PatientExperience often has no credibility with medical practitioners, we 3/
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