The Morgellons Debate

Jason S. Reichenberg, Michelle Magid

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Proponents of Morgellons disease define it as illness in which thread-like fibers under the skin cause crawling sensations, skin changes, fatigue, pain, and "brain fog." The term is not widely accepted by the medical community; it is mostly believed that it is a form of delusional infestation or somatic symptom disorder. In this chapter, we discuss the history of and current debate surrounding this highly controversial topic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPractical Psychodermatology
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781118560648
ISBN (Print)9781118560686
StatePublished - May 5 2014


  • Delusional infestation
  • Morgellons
  • Somatic symptom disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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