"Functional disorder" has replaced the term "psychosomatic illness" in psychiatry-speak. In this case, they had expanded it to what was called "Münchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSBP)," or it's modern incarnation, "factitious illness by proxy," where the parents are accused of making their child appear sick. The treatments the clinic recommends are: exercise (GET), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and antidepressants.
[Note from MS: If you have seen "Sixth Sense," you have seen a fictional case of MSBP. But it has been shown time and time again that while this may actually happen in a few very rare cases, there's no need for a special diagnostic category - the diagnosis "psychopath" already exists and fits the situation. But then it would be the parents who should be put in a mental hospital, not the child. As for the treatment, psychotherapy may help a patient accept the condition (as in MS), but cannot cure the disease. Indeed, the insistence by European psychiatrists that psychotherapy will cure this disease is reminiscent of the days when MS was called "hysterical paralysis" - except the European psychiatrists prefer the old term for the vapors, "neurasthenia." A new category was created recently, "Somatic Symptoms Disorder," and Per Fink, one of the psychiatrists involved in this case, is active in WHO and trying to get this accepted as a category in ICD-11. Karina's case thus has political overtones, unfortunately, which has made the psychiatrists involved unwilling to compromise.
Note continued: There has been significant research published showing that graded exercise is actually dangerous for even high-functioning patients, and this young woman is extremely disabled.]
The psychiatrists at this clinic have no experience with severely ill ME patients and we fear that Karina is being treated incorrectly, and that their mistreatment of her will lead to a severe and permanent worsening of her condition.
[Note from MS: This has occurred in the UK where it is not uncommon for young ME patients to be "sectioned" - forcibly committed to a mental hospital against their will - and they have come out of the hospital in much worse condition than when they entered. In one tragic case, Sophia Mirza died from irreversible damage to her condition that occurred in a mental hospital. Her autopsy showed significant damage to the basal root ganglia, and a formal inquiry concluded she died of ME.]
Various petitions have been set up and signed, letters have been sent to MPs in the UK, European Union Danish Ministry of Health, Danish Government of Power and the Danish Royal Family, all to no avail.
There is no contact permitted between Karina and her family, and there has only been limited contact permitted between Karina and her lawyer, as well as the Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Association of Denmark. Some updates on her condition is published from time to time, but it is basically censored.
Inside information tells a different story. Karina believes they are trying to kill her with this line of treatment. Her condition is worse now than before she was hospitalized. Unfortunately, that is what could be predicted given the severity of her disease when she entered the mental hospital and the rigid beliefs of this branch of the psychiatric profession in Denmark.
All of Karina's human rights have been severed. We have not been provided with the name of her lawyer and/or representative with the United Nations Human Rights Council, and we have no uncensored contact with Karina or any of her representatives.
There are a number of petitions being circulated, but this one has the most names, so if you can add your name to it we would be grateful. If you belong to any human rights organizations, tell them about Karina's case. And RETWEET!!
JUSTICE FOR KARINA
PLEASE SIGN, EVEN IF YOU HAVE SIGNED OTHERS
URGENT - you can sign a letter to the new Prime Minister of Denmark by going to this website:
Letter about Karina to Danish PM