I want to use this thread to collect studies suggesting that labeling patients with ME or CFS, makes them sicker (because it makes them think they have a real disease instead of psychosocial problems thay can overcome). Thus far, I've found two: Hamilton et al. 2005. The prognosis of different fatigue diagnostic labels: a longitudinal survey. It reads: "There were important differences in outcome between the various fatigue labels, with ME having the worst prognosis and PVFS the best. This could be an adverse effect of the label ME itself." Huibers et al. 2003. Fatigue, burnout, and chronic fatigue syndrome among employees on sick leave: do attributions make the difference? It reads: "Fatigued employees might have a better prognosis than CFS patients because of a different labelling of fatigue complaints."