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Is It Really All in Your Head?

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There may be no more frustrating declaration from a doctor than, "Relax. You don't really have a problem. It's all in your head." She may be right, or more likely, she's very wrong. Here are some thoughts, and some steps to take when the verdict is that it's all in YOUR head.

Really? All in Your Head?
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