|Is This Possible
Dec 15, 1998
Hi Micheal, A friend of mine thought he was exposed to hiv after being with a prostitute.A couple of weeks later he started getting headaches,muscle twitching,nausea and anxiety attacks. This went on for 8 years before he got up the courage to have a elisa test for the virus.It came back negative.His doctor told him the symptoms he was getting was from stress and worry,and it was all in his head.Is this really possible?Thanks
| Response from Mr. Shernoff
We are increasingly learning that there is a profoundly powerful mind-body connection. Yes, people can and do make themselves ill. Stress and worry , often when combined with sexual guilt are a ripe formula for such a thing to happen. Your friend is a living example. Michael Shernoff, MSW
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