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 answers
Dr. Donald Collins answered
40 years experience Family Medicine
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!
Answered on Apr 24, 2015
Dr. Perumunda Sharma answered
47 years experience Emergency Medicine
Thinking sickness.: Some people get the feeling that they will vomit, before they actually do the act. That can be expected.
Answered on Jun 8, 2017
Dr. Omar Matuk-villazon answered
11 years experience Pediatrics
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.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
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