My View

Improvement and Mind-Body Illness       

 

     I view fibromyalgia and CFS/ME as mind-body illnesses that have both medical and behavioral aspects.  I do not view these conditions as totally medical or totally psychological, but rather as a combination of the two. 

 

     In general (but not always), the lifestyle and stress reduction treatments recommended here are more effective over time than medications for these conditions.  I certainly do not rule out more effective medical treatments, as the research progresses, but we do not have them now. 

 

     So individuals with these conditions need not "wait" for medical science to improve their lives.  They can learn to self-manage their illnesses in a very effective way with the techniques described in my book and taught in my sessions and workshops.

 

                         Fred Friedberg, PhD