I had an 30 minute debate with my Chinese medicine doc yesterday. I've been doing a little prescribed taichi daily, taking herbs, and getting acupuncture once a week without much improvement in my symptoms but at least no side effects. So at the end of the visit, he asks me "What role do you think psychology plays in your illness?" I replied something to the effect that learning to deal with the illness meant adjusting my expectations about what I could do, changing my view to some degree of who I am, etc.. But he persisted and seem to indicate that not recognizing and dealing with the stress in my life (particularly as it manifested itself physically) was a factor in the start and continuation of my illness. At which point, I really got annoyed. When I got ill, I was at a high point in my life financially, physically, and mentally and was planning to go to Italy - I was content and far from stressed. I refuse to believe in "stealth" stress. And it's not as though stress reduction techniques have ever been proven in trials to reduce CFS symptoms to the same degree as antivirals. Secondly, lots of people have stress and don't develop CFS; conversely, I've read of people who've lived a healthy life and meditated for years prior to CFS. Anyhow, my mom thought he was nuts as well. (I'm the most laid-back person in my family.) She said living life means having stress: even if you're secluded in a quiet room by yourself, you would be stressed by the loneliness. Buddhist monks probably stress over where they're placed to beg for alms. She once had a doctor tell her her foot pain was due to psychological stress. She fired him, went to another podiatrist who prescribed other therapy, and got well. She thinks this is a poor excuse for why the herbs aren't working (not that we expected a miracle). Anyway that was my last visit there. For my own situation, I do not believe in the personality/stress explanations that are given for CFS.