A syndrome is a set of clinical signs and symptoms that a patient is likely to present at certain diseases.
Let explain more The syndrome of the medical student of which sometimes I have suffered ;-)
The syndrome of the medical student refers to the tendency of medical students
to self-diagnose in an irrational way the most serious diseases. It is more
a meeting of circumstances than a true pathology.
The syndrome is caused by several factors:
- Learning semiology preceding pathology: Students know the signs of major diseases and syndromes, without sufficient experience of how really this pathology can affect the body.
- Stress associated with emotionally difficult situations and possibly fear of contagion in the workplace.
The syndrome of the medical student should be distinguished from:
- Hypochondria, which is a psychiatric illness making the hypochondriac persuaded to be suffering from sickness, delirious, or morbid fear of catching a disease;
- Self-diagnosis, although it is difficult.
- Relativization with patients seen at the hospital;
- The psychological resistance;
- Confrontation with reality: he has not got the diseases! (eg other supposed symptoms are absent).