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

Support Group: facebook.com/groups/hypchondriasupportgroup


The world-wide medical research
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PubMed article’s summary-abstract.

  • Personality Pathology Explains Functional Impairment in Patients with Hypochondriasis
    by Bo Bach on August 14, 2022

    CONCLUSION: The findings highlight the potential significance of personality pathology for understanding and clinical management of functional impairment in patients with hypochondriasis. The personality features that best explained functional impairment were Avoidant Personality Disorder and Dependent Personality Disorder, and in particular DSM-5 and ICD-11 personality trait domains of Negative Affectivity, Detachment, and Psychoticism.

  • Epipericardial Fat Necrosis: A Retrospective Analysis in Japan
    by Shima Kumei on August 14, 2022

    Objective Epipericardial fat necrosis (EFN) has been considered to be a rare cause of acute chest pain, and especially important for emergency physicians. Chest computed tomography (CT) is often used for the diagnosis of EFN after excluding life-threatening states, such as acute coronary syndrome and pulmonary embolism. While the proportion of EFN patients who underwent chest CT in emergency departments is being clarified, little is still known about other departments in Japan. To investigate...

  • Relationship between Preventive Health Behavior, Optimistic Bias, Hypochondria, and Mass Psychology in Relation to the Coronavirus Pandemic among Young Adults in Korea
    by Dong-Suk Lee on August 12, 2022

    The great challenge to global public health caused by the coronavirus pandemic has lasted for two years in Korea. However, Korean young adults seem less compliant with preventive health behaviors than older adults. This study aims to explore the relationship between risk perception variables of optimistic bias, hypochondriasis, and mass psychology, and preventive health behavior in relation to the coronavirus pandemic through a cross-sectional online survey. The participants are 91 Korean young...

  • Differences between bipolar disorder types 1 and 2 support the DSM two-syndrome concept
    by Leonardo Tondo on August 2, 2022

    CONCLUSIONS: BD-2 was characterized by more prominent and longer depressions with some hypomania and mixed-features but not mania and rarely psychosis. BD-2 subjects had higher socioeconomic and functional status but also high levels of long-term morbidity and suicidal risk. Accordingly, BD-2 is dissimilar to, but not necessarily less severe than BD-1, consistent with being distinct syndromes.