Obsession with the idea of having a serious but undiagnosed medical condition.
Hypochondriasis usually develops during adulthood.
Symptoms include a long-term and intense fear of having a serious condition and worry that minor symptoms indicate something serious. A person may frequently visit or switch doctors.
Counseling and medications may help.


Cluster Number:
Wiki Number: W100
Diagnosis: Hypochondrasis-Hypochondria
US Patients: About 5%
World Patients:
Sex Ratio:
Age Onset: Age 4
Brain Area:
Symptoms: preoccupation with developing a serious illness even after medical assurance they do not;”white-coat-syndrome” results
Progression: may avoid medical personnel through lack of trust
Causes: 10%-37% heritable; over-protective care-givers and focus on minor health problems
Medications: antidepressants help 50%’;
Therapies: CBT-Counseling

Youtube Video: Illness Disorder (Hypochondriasis)

Amazon or Library Book: The Health Anxiety Workbook

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Support Group: facebook.com/groups/hypchondriasupportgroup


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