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What is it called when you get symptoms of illness or pain when someone close to you is sick? Like a husband gets morning sickness because wife is pregnant.

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This is called a sympathetic malady. It comes from the usage of sympathy as a common feeling.

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  • Please add a reference validating this sense. Apr 30 '18 at 21:32
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Couvade's Syndrome wikipedia Specific to the expecting father.

Couvade syndrome, also called sympathetic pregnancy, is a proposed condition in which a partner experiences some of the same symptoms and behavior as an expectant mother.

I do not know of any other specific terminology = 'when you get symptoms of illness or pain when someone close to you is sick'.

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It's one type of somatoform disorder

  • a group of disorders in which physical symptoms suggesting physical disorders for which there are no demonstrable organic findings or known physiologic mechanisms, and for which there is positive evidence, or a strong presumption that the symptoms are linked to psychological factors; for example, hysteria, conversion disorder, hypochondriasis, pain disorder, somatization disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, and Briquet syndrome.
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  • That is a category. Those mentioned are actual medical disorders with DSM codes and they number > 30 or more. None are in empathy or sympathy to someone else.
    – lbf
    Apr 30 '18 at 22:31

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