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‘Brain shivers': from chat room to clinic

  • David M. B. Christmas (a1)
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The internet is rapidly becoming a first-line source for clinicians and patients alike, and it is increasingly necessary that clinicians maintain an open dialogue with their patients about their information sources. In this paper, I look at the emergence of ‘brain shivers' as a side-effect that appears to have emerged online, in the context of antidepressant side-effects and withdrawal. I discuss possible biological explanations for this strange, possibly new, complaint, as well as the emergence of particular symptoms as a sociological phenomenon aided by new technology.

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‘Brain shivers': from chat room to clinic

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