RemedyFind Fibromyalgia Newsletter: "Why do doctors think Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia patients have a psychiatric disorder?
There is an ongoing battle between two groups of psychiatrists over what mental illness is, who is mentally ill, and who has organic diseases. When I use the term “pathological” or “organic” I am talking about just the body and nothing to do with the mind, emotions, beliefs etc.. “Pathological” means it is not found in healthy patients.
It isn’t ethical, but many, many patients with organic illnesses, not just CFS and Fibromyalgia, suddenly find their illness has been reclassified as a mental disorder by a group of psychiatrists on the “biopsychosocial” side of the battle...
In 2001 the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institute of Health (NIH), cut all government funding to biomedical researchers studying ME ICD-10/CFS and fibromyalgia, funding only the two biopsychosocial programs known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Cooperative Research Center (CFSCRC) who use the controversial psychiatric psychosomatic model for researching the vague symptom of “fatigue.” These same centers also often research pain using the controversial psychiatric category of “pain disorders.” If they say you have a “pain disorder”, what they mean is that your pain is in your mind. Physical pain in CFS or fibromyalgia is referred to as neuropathic pain, a complex pain disorder, or allodynia (an organic pain condition where stimulus, such as pressing on the patient’s thumbnail, creates a pain reaction that is out of proportion to the pain response range of healthy people.) "