This compassionate and moving exposé bears witness to the tragic consequences of psychiatric prejudice and medical ignorance concerning one of the most prevalent illnesses of the 21st century. The film foregrounds the riveting stories of several British families confronting what must be everyone’s worst nightmare: a loved one suffering a life-altering illness that leaves him or her bedridden and in constant pain, with no apparent cure. But what if the medical establishment made the situation worse instead of better? Such are the heartbreaking circumstances of the under-reported controversy surrounding ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis), aka chronic fatigue syndrome. Firsthand accounts from patients, caretakers, and medical experts paint a shockingly confused state of affairs—and underscore the urgency and frustration around this issue. A call to action for anyone who cares about the health and wellbeing of their community, this powerful film is equally a tribute to those whose voices must be heard. –MVFF
I have been sick w/ CFS/ME for 17 years. I have experienced everything this movie is about. I have trouble with remembering things and how to communicate my needs. I called an ambulance and when they got there they asked me what was wrong. I told them I was unable to function due to chronic fatigue syndrome and I needed assistance. I was in excruciation pain. They told me to just deal with it and left me.
That was by far the best documentary I have seen about M.E. It really sum's up how misunderstood the illness is . I became Ill in 2000 and wasn't given a diagnosis until 2002. I had many years lonely years of lying in a dark room in intense pain with not even sleep as a relief from the agony I was In .
This should most definitely be seen by all practitioners in psychiatry and general medicine. Great documentation of the mistreatment and stigma that ME-patients are met with.
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