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How Should Mental Health Professionals Respond to Outbreaks of Mass Psychogenic Illness?

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The management of episodes of mass psychogenic illness poses a challenge for mental health professionals who have a history of inadvertently exacerbating episodes. This article identifies the two major presentation types (anxiety vs. motor), discusses their significance as a public health issue, and offers guidelines for responding to outbreaks and addressing the media.
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Keywords: CONVERSION DISORDER; MASS PSYCHOGENIC ILLNESS; MASS SOCIOGENIC ILLNESS; MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNITY

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 November 2011

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