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A 21-year-old female asked:

Why do i read symptoms of scary diseases/cancers and then can "create" the notion that i have them in my head? it's like i can't control it.

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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
See your doctor: It is not usual for a curios mind to think about having a serious illness after reading about the symptoms.However if you concerns become excessive or starts affect your daily activities you must consult your physician.
Dr. William Harris
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Just wait!: It gets worse! when i was taking psych classes, i thought i had all of those problems. When i was on my internal medicine rotation, i thought i had all kinds of diseases. It is all a matter of what you are exposed to, learn, relate to, assimilate, and try to fit into your current experience. We all do it as a natural process. Read it, understand it, and move on knowing that you most likely are ok.

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