If you can’t fix them, fail them

If you can’t treat or cure a patient…

charge them for a treatment plan where they “retrain their brains” to heal their physical health condition. Place as much focus as possible on their debilitating physical symptoms being a result of childhood trauma.

If/when it doesn’t work, blame the patient for not doing the treatment correctly.


Don’t actually do this!

This is just what happens over and over and over again with chronic conditions like the one I have.

Patient-blaming gets my back up. But what breaks my heart is how much shame and guilt we feel for putting so much hope in these programmes. It is not our fault they sold us false promises.

Don’t you ever let anyone convince you that you should have known better. I think it can also be comforting to feel like you’re actively trying to do something/anything to improve your health.

Hope is powerful, but I’ve found it can also be misleading when handed to us by ‘healers’ who do the opposite of heal us.

Worth noting. Due to the lack of a diagnostic test, ME/CFS has become an umbrella diagnosis for what is probably a lot of different conditions. Trauma may well play a part for some patients, but medical professionals should not brand all sufferers as having the same cause.

Published by Anna Redshaw

Blogging about life in the slow lane with an invisible, chronic illness. I wasn't always a sick chick so this is somewhat of a life changing experience!

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