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Jan 1, 2012               

me+ME: ME by the Official Rules (as is and to be) - year 34

At the beginning of the year a brief reflection on how crazy it all is, repeated, because it is important "for the quality of life", of me, and of quite a few millions with ME, and many more to be, as soon as the DSM-5 gets in force when the following rule may be applied to anyone who is ill in any way and who lacks the human excellency of being rich, all to the everlasting benefit, joy and professional ease of psychiatrists, bureaucrats and governments everywhere:

  "There was only one catch and that was the DSM-5, which specified that a concern for one's health in the face of illness was the process of an irrational mind. One was ill with ME and could be helped. All one had to do was ask the health-authorities for help; and as soon as one did, one would be called crazy and would not be entitled to help. One would be declared crazy if one said one was ill with ME and needed help, and would be declared sane if one didn't, but if one were declared sane one would get no help while being ill. If one asked for help while ill one was declared crazy; but if one didn't ask for help one was considered sane and denied help for that reason."
   -- After Joseph Heller
 (For more: On the DSM-5 + DSM-5 in distress.)

As to the last two links: On the DSM-5 is to Suzy Chapman's site on the subject, with lots of information, whereas DSM-5 in distress is a collection of articles in Psychology Today, by (emeritus professor doctor) Allen Frances, chief-editor of the DSM-IV.

I started the year with this subject because it really is important and dangerous.

The other Nederlog of today is the promised analytical index for Nederlog 2011. It's about done, and will be uploaded later today. (In case you have a slow modem: It is at least 327 Kb.)

Corrections, if any are necessary, have to be made later. 


As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):
1.  Anthony Komaroff Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)
3.  Hillary Johnson The Why
4.  Consensus of M.D.s Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)
5.  Eleanor Stein Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)
6.  William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
7.  Paul Lutus

Is Psychology a Science?

8.  Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)
 Maarten Maartensz
ME in Amsterdam - surviving in Amsterdam with ME (Dutch)
 Maarten Maartensz Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Short descriptions of the above:                

1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understands ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:

7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.
9. I tell my story of surviving (so far) in Amsterdam/ with ME.
10. The directory on my site about ME.

See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources
The last has many files, all on my site to keep them accessible.

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