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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Bodily Distress Syndrome : a biased, dangerous supposition

Bodily Distress Syndrome (BDS) is an attempt by psychiatry to group patients with the physical diseases of Fibromyalgia, CFS ( and by implication ME), Hyperventilation, IBS, Non Cardiac chest pain, Pain syndrome and patients labelled as having a somatoform disorder, under one collective mental health label, exclusively upon symptoms.

Given that its underlying hypotheses is one of an abnormal stress response WITHOUT corresponding abnormalities in specific peripheral organ systems, BDS places an emphasis on bodily distress with apparent 'increased sensitivity to symptoms or sensations' (Fink et al 2007).

According to an NHS pilot BDS scheme in Barnet, the illnesses above, specifically including Myalgic encephalomyelitis ( ME), are treated through a  "Cycle of Change", based on behaviour modification, leading to recovery. Considering that the NHS itself states that there is no cure for "CFS" ( in which it includes Myalgic encephalomyelitis), that is an astounding claim for to make.

Bodily Distress Syndrome : a biased, dangerous supposition

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