Is Being Sick All in Your Head?

July 9, 2014 5:05 PM

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There is a chasm of knowledge that doctors face every day as patients with complex issues, and sometimes not-so-complex issues, show up in a doctor's office with an illness that defies everything the doctor knows. At this point, the doctor can delve into the abyss of the unknown, ready to discover new frontiers, or punt and tell the patients that it's all in their head, implying a psychological/emotional imbalance as opposed to a physical one.

Psychological issues can have a big impact on the body's physiology and function, and the connection is well-studied and researched, but doctors are often too willing to assume that the problem must be "mental" when faced with complex issues that originate in the physical form.

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