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A 17-year-old female asked:

Does thinking about getting sick actually makes you sick? if so is it the same sickness that you thought of?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Donald Collins
Dr. Donald Collinsanswered
Family Medicine 42 years experience
Sometimes: It is true that sometimes if you worry excessively about getting sick, you will feel ill. Our minds can influence our bodies and make us feel ill, and have various symptoms, such as headaches, nausea, chest pain, etc. However, you can't actually get an illness such as pneumonia, AIDS, etc just by worrying about it. Try to relax! Good luck!
Dr. Perumunda Sharma
Emergency Medicine 49 years experience
Thinking sickness.: Some people get the feeling that they will vomit, before they actually do the act. That can be expected.
Dr. Omar Matuk-villazon
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Predisposition : There has not been a large study that demostrates that a thought translates into disease. Is also very hard to asses this situation (let's start with the definition of a thought!). Bottom line the answer is No.
Last updated Nov 28, 2017

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