Tag Archives: fear avoidance

Challenging claims that fearful avoidance beliefs about activity in ME & CFS can be targeted with CBT/GET.

Cognitive-behavorial and graded exercise therapies for chronic fatigue (syndrome) are associated with lower levels of work/school attendance, by Frank N M Twisk in J Behav Med [Published online 28 March 2019] Psychological and demographic factors associated with fatigue and social … Continue reading

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Fear & avoidance or a desire for participation? a look at PEM

Livets bilder blog post, by Swedish blogger, 29 October 2016: Fear and avoidance or a desire for participation? A cardinal symptom of ME/CFS is Post-Exertional Malaise (PEM): “There is an inappropriate loss of physical and mental stamina, rapid muscular and … Continue reading

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In ME/CFS fear of exercise is a reasonable, knowledgeable, and learned response to a noxious stimulus

Prof Mark VanNess responds to the study published in the Lancet claiming that fear of exercise hinders recovery in CFS, in the Just ME blog: I was saddened to see the press releases regarding the ME/CFS studies from Kings College … Continue reading

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Claims of ‘fear avoidance’ in ME are misleading

Following the publication of the latest PACE trail paper in the Lancet on 13th January,  there has been a flurry of media reports, many of which promote the findings as good news. Other articles counter the claims saying: people with ME are … Continue reading

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