Dr. Jay Bhattacharya tells Sophie Mann about the "institutionalization of hypochondria" in the USA
Sophie: It seems like the attitude toward just everyday life and the risk of contracting anything could really be on the rise in a permanent fashion in this country. Is that what you're seeing? And if so, how do you think we should go about counteracting that?
Dr J - I mean, I have seen that. I mean, I'm I'm calling that the institutionalization of hypochondria, we basically have said, look at the disease avoidance or disease, easy central problem in your life, no matter who you are. It's not taking care of your kids. It's not, you know, practicing your faith, it's not doing doing as well as you can in your in your profession, that none of that is as important as avoiding disease. That's the message we've sent the American public for the last, you know, 12 months or so, 14 months or so. And I think it's going to be very difficult to undo that. I do think people yearn to return to normal life. And I think, you know, given what we've seen in the trends in the United States, that it's going to happen, it just will be slower to undo the psychological harm we've done to the American population by creating this fear over the last 14 months.
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