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)

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Support Group: facebook.com/groups/hypchondriasupportgroup


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  • New-Onset Illness Anxiety Disorder After Helicobacter Pylori Infection: A Case Report
    by Suhail A Labban on February 20, 2024

    In this study, we present a case of new-onset illness anxiety disorder (IAD) in a 21-year-old female patient after Heliobacter pylori infection. The patient experienced a distressing preoccupation with having or acquiring a serious illness with mild somatic symptoms for more than six months. IAD adversely affected our patient's life and made her engage in excessive care-seeking behaviors and maladaptive avoidance in some instances. In this case, we highlight the unique presentation of symptoms...

  • Perceived social support mediates the effect of COVID-19 pandemic on job adaptation disorders of workers: An exploratory cross-sectional study
    by Yongcheng Yao on February 2, 2024

    COVID-19 lockdown can lead to job adaptation disorders, which are heterogeneous among individuals. The purpose of this study was to explore the association between perceived social support and job adaptation disorders among workers in China during the COVID-19 pandemic. The questionnaires of Psychological Questionnaire for Public Health Emergencies, Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support, Work Attitude Scale were used for this cross-section study via an online survey. The study...

  • Can't stop, won't stop - understanding anxiety's role in cyberchondria among pregnant women
    by Matea Šoštarić on January 23, 2024

    Online health research is common during pregnancy, especially if women are facing complications. Given the unpleasant emotions women experience after research, it is surprising that cyberchondria, excessive and repeated online health research caused by anxiety that intensifies such anxiety, has not been studied in pregnant women. Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine the predictors of cyberchondria among women with and without pregnancy complications, accounting for health anxiety (a...

  • Only the anxious ones? Identifying characteristics of symptom checker app users: a cross-sectional survey
    by Anna-Jasmin Wetzel on January 23, 2024

    CONCLUSIONS: Hypochondria has emerged as a significant predictor of SCA use with a consistently stable effect, yet according to the literature, individuals with this trait may be less likely to benefit from SCA despite their greater likelihood of using it. These users could be further unsettled by risk-averse triage and unlikely but serious diagnosis suggestions.