31 Strange Medical Conditions

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Warning: if you are very susceptible to the power of suggestion or have a touch of hypochondria, you might want to skip this video. John Green talks about medical conditions that are so weird, you’d think he was making them up. No, they are real, but most are rare or relatively inconsequential. This is the first of a three-part video series called “Summer Bummers,” which should make you feel lucky to be in as good a shape as you are. If they go a little fast for you, you can find a transcript at mental_floss.


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Timm's just excusing this as his excuse to bash psychiatry because he's a Scientologist.

I would agree that many of these are psychological, but many result in actual physical conditions - like stress symptoms, or eating your hair, and not necessarily calling for lifelong medication. It's more a case of getting very specific in our taxonomy of mental/physical disease.
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As much as I support your premise that many psychological conditions have more to do with the doctor than the patient, quite a few of the maladies in this video are quite real. For example, it does not take a quack to diagnose someone who constantly smells like rotting fish.
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They're not medical conditions, they're disorders - randomly made up conditions psychiatrists use to pimp their drugs...

Medical conditions are things like diabetes, hemophilia, AIDS, sclerosis of the liver, etc.

Disorders are based on subjective diagnosis. They are not based on anything medical.
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