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Experiences of persons with multiple chemical sensitivity with mental health providers

Authors Gibson PR, Lockaby SD, Bryant JM

Received 19 November 2015

Accepted for publication 22 January 2016

Published 6 April 2016 Volume 2016:9 Pages 163—172

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/JMDH.S100688

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Pamela Reed Gibson, Sharon D Lockaby, Jenna Michele Bryant

Department of Psychology, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, USA

Abstract:
In this paper, we summarize the results of an online survey of persons in the United States with chemical intolerance/multiple chemical sensitivity who sought help from mental health providers, including counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, and others. Respondents reported on their most recent contact with a provider, describing reasons for the contact, accommodations requested and received, and suggestions for how the experience could be more helpful. Overall, though clients were accommodated in small ways, some received no accommodation, and many felt that the providers needed to be more knowledgeable regarding chemical intolerance. Results are discussed in terms of the importance of providers becoming more aware of multiple chemical sensitivity and more willing to make their services accessible to these clients.

Keywords: multiple chemical sensitivity, chemical sensitivity, chemical intolerance, emerging disability, contested illness

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