It continues to baffle me, why all the nonsense which somehow associated itself with this disease continues to hold any sway whatsoever. Diseases which cause "mental" symptoms as part of their symptomography - diseases like syphilis, Creutzfeldt-Jakob, etc. - I can see how diseases like that could easily be mistaken for a mental illness, since they cause mental symptoms. M.E. does not even cause any mental symptoms. It does not even resemble any mental illness. It is a viral infection which follows a perfectly straightforward pattern of latency and replication cycles. The science is there: we know which pathogen causes this disease. We have a test which can retrieve samples of that pathogen in the gastric tissue of those who have it. We have a brain scan capable of showing the perfusion injury and resulting ischemia in precisely the areas which correspond to the symptoms it causes (e.g. difficulty with even small movements from damage to the central gyrus, the brain's motor control area). There is no mystery about what this disease is, about the damage it causes, or about the symptoms which result. No physician in their right mind would send an Ebola patient to be evaluated psychiatrically or psychologically as any part of their treatment plan! You don't treat HIV/AIDS with psychiatry; you treat it with antivirals. Because it is a viral infection. Viruses don't choose which people they will infect based on who they are as people. Any physician, specialist, individual patient layperson or caregiver, insurance company rep, or government official who would even consider entertaining that nonsense as a possibility is flagrantly mentally ill. It is long past time to lay the flagrant insanity of that nonsensical absurdity completely to rest.