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Mass Psychogenic Illness (Environmental Somatization Syndrome)

Specialty:

Psychiatry

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Description:

Mass psychogenic illness, also known as environmental somatization syndrome, group conversion reaction, collective delusion or epidemic hysteria, may occur when a group of people believe that they have undergone a harmful environmental exposure to something (contagious agent, chemical, electricity, magnetic, physical, etc.) yet there is no objective evidence for this despite a careful evaluation. This often involves group somatization, with psychogenic distress manifested in the form of physical symptoms.

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