Sometimes I like to do a thought experiment in consultations. It helps me figure out the cause of a problem and why it exists. I ask myself; how does this illness benefit the patient? How does it change their lives in a way that is beneficial to them? I believe that in a weird (usually ironic) way, our illnesses are always an attempt by our body to help us somehow. A request from our subconscious perhaps. This may sound ridiculous or make you feel angry when you read it but just bear with me and see where I’m going here.