Medicine: Neither Fight Nor Flight

Anxiety is not a disease—but it is just as catching and as hard to cure. When a tense, anxious man tries to hide his feelings, other people "sense" what he is up against and start worrying too. In fact, it may be the tenseness of trying to hide tenseness that infects others, say Drs. Jurgen Ruesch and A. Rodney Prestwood of the University of California Medical School, in the current Archives of Neurology and Psychiatry.

A man reacting to danger (real or imagined) may express himself in three ways: anger, anxiety or fear. Anger...

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