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What Is Pseudocyesis
Psychological desire: A "false pregnancy" occurs in individuals who psychologically desire the same but in fact are not. The "ruse" is often carried on for some time to "engender empathy" from family, friends, or sex partners. When discovered to be not pregnant, a false "miscarriage occurs". The intent is sometimes marriage in the mild cases and worse in psychiatric patients. ...Read more
If the mind is convinced they have a serious physical illness, like cancer, will the body mimic the symptoms?
Could be: That's a really interesting question. I have seen people with false pregnancy (pseudocyesis) -- both men and women. The body is an amazing thing, and so is the mind. If physical illnesses can be manifested like this i don't imagine it could be consciously . . . I have known colleagues who studied certain illnesses, develop those those illnesses and die. I cannot explain this in rational terms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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