The problem derives mainly from the widespread assumption that psychological illness is imaginary, an expression of malingering or moral weakness. People are therefore eager to be assured that they have a "real disease". They then turn to inconclusive medical tests and treatments for a cure, rather than to psychotherapy.
[Claim] Hysterical epidemics distract society from its real crises. They undermine a respect for the truth and support an atmosphere of conspiracy and suspicion. Human dignity is endangered.