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People who don’t know they have health problems rate their own health as good, according to a new study, but their self-image worsens when they’re aware of their diagnosis.

Could ignorance of illness be better for mental health?

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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who don’t know they have health problems rate their own health as good, according to a new study, but their self-image worsens when they’re aware of their diagnosis.

Based on a large population survey in Norway, the authors say that increased use of screenings, more sensitive tests and widening diagnostic criteria may cause unexpected harm because poor self-rated health is tied to a greater risk of death.

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