Petition: NHS CBT

Signatures at 22 April 2008: 122    Closing date: 11 April 2009

http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/NHSCBT/

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to limit the promotion & delivery of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy [CBT] within the NHS according to available evidence.

Submitted by S. Forrest of NHS – Deadline to sign up by: 11 April 2009

“Following economist Lord Layard’s promotion of CBT on economic grounds, the NHS has seen a boom in the funding made available for the exclusive employment and training of CBT therapists in the NHS. However, equal funding has NOT been made available for a diverse range of psychotherapies. CBT continues to be aggressively promoted on the grounds of ‘evidence’ of its alleged effectiveness in treating some forms of mental distress, thereby severely and unfairly biasing public perception of CBT as a cure-all when this is patently untrue. Published evidence exists that shows CBT to have no long-term benefit in treating common difficulties such as anxiety or psychosis. Further evidence also shows CBT to worsen symptoms in people who suffer from, for example, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). As CBT is promoted on the grounds of ‘evidence’ of its effectiveness with some patients, this petition calls for the cessation of the use and promotion of CBT in the NHS where there is either no ‘evidence’ of its effectiveness or where ‘evidence’ exists to show that CBT is ineffective or deleterious to a patient’s wellbeing or symptoms.

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2 thoughts on “Petition: NHS CBT

  1. CBT is NOT a cure for ME/CFS or an effective treatment. CBT is only of use if an illness or condition is psychological in nature. ME/CFS is organic. As a medical scientist with this condition, I can safely say that this condition is organic in nature and sends the body’s biochemistry into free fall. Firstly, it knocks out the Krebs cycle – the cornerstone on human and mammalian biochemistry. Secondly, it affects the body’s mitacondria, the brain, nervous endocrine and pretty much every other system of the human body (the hypothalamus is the worst affected part of the brain, plus it controls EVERY system of the human body) ; the three types of musculature in the human body, especially the heart muscle. If any one in the medical establishment thinks that CBT can sort this condition out, then they really need to go back to university and undertake microbiology and biochemistrty degrees. Maybe then they will understand this condition better. In the mean time they should kick the psychologists out of the treatment programmes for ME/CFS, that would improve our quality of treatment in one fell swoop.

  2. Sarah

    My e-mail address is my son’s jonathan.atthowe@tiscali.co.uk .

    I believe I may have important information to impart concerning chronic fatigue/ME. I am
    now 59 years old and believe I have been fighting this condition since I was about 15 yrs old. I desperately need to speak to someone who will properly evaluate that which I have recognised.

    Please contact me if you would like to hear what I have to say.

    Concerning CBT and GET, I feel this is totally inappropriate for this condition.

    Kate Atthowe

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