Is it possible to think yourself sick?


The mind can be a powerful force over the body, producing often inexplicable changes to its normal functioning due to a variety of circumstances, Insight discovers.

“You can’t separate the mind and body as much as we used to think,” says neurologist Dr Alex Lehn. “The mind can make you sick.”

He’s speaking with Insight’s Jenny Brockie, as this week’s show delves into the world of health anxiety and the power of the human brain to convince us we’re sick – and even produce symptoms.

In two scenarios, the mind appears to have a strong hold over how our bodies function: health anxiety, and neurological disorders that create physical changes.

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