The term "psychosomatic illness" conjures up visions of fleeting aches and pains the doctor can't diagnose, people who call in sick on Monday morning and the hypochondriac who had his tombstone inscribed. "I told you I was sick." But contrary to this popular image, a psychosomatic illness is not "all in your head." In f act, you can die just as dead from a psychosomatic illness as the other kind. And in reality, the "other kind" of illness may be extremely rare. Psychosomatic (or as one author termed it, "emotionally induced") illness probably accounts for over 50% of all cases doctors see. Some estimate that as "much as 90% of all illness is precipitated by unhealthy emotions. So, far from being a figment of some hypochondriac's imagination, emotionally induced illness is something we all suffer from at one time or another.
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