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Don't Worry! You're Not Crazy, You're Just Sick

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Cheer up!

A Harvard psychiatrist says at least a quarter of psychiatric patients don't actually have anything wrong with them - emotionally that is. Nope, she says those people just have physical illnesses, like cancer, that bring them down.

Barbara Schildkrout's new book called Unmasking Psychological Symptoms, aims to help patients off of their therapist's couch and into the doctor's office.

Gawker:

Just like depression might be caused (or worsened) by the conditions above, if you're anxious you may have an overactive thyroid, if you're irritable you might have a brain injury, if you're hallucinating you might have epilepsy or, you know, a drug problem, and if you're psychotic, it's probably just from a venereal disease, not because of something awful that happened to you in your formative years. See, crazy, you really have nothing to worry about at all.

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