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    #1

    stigmatizing

    Hi there,

    Could anyone paraphrase the word 'stigmatizing' in the following sentence?

    After reviewing more than 9000 scientific studies, hearing testimony from experts, and soliciting input from the public, the committee concluded that “the name ‘chronic fatigue syndrome’ has done a disservice to many patients,” calling it “stigmatizing and trivializing.” Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), they noted, “does not accurately describe the major features of the disease.”

    I don't quite understand why CFS is considered 'stigmatizing.'

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: stigmatizing

    I found the following article, which might shed some light on it.
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog...tigue-syndrome
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    #3

    Re: stigmatizing

    It acts as a negative label, which could be seen to reflect badly on the people who are affected by it.

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    Re: stigmatizing

    People probably associate 'fatigue' with laziness or something. Calling it by some other medical term which most lay people don't know the meaning of makes it sounds more 'real', or dangerous.

    If I told you water was dangerous, you'd probably laugh at me. However, if I started telling you about how deadly dihydrogen monoxide is, and warn you that it has killed thousands of people, you'd likely try avoiding it at all costs. People have even signed petitions to ban it!

    Sometimes the perception of something just depends on what you call it.
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