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Hypochondriasis

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Hypochondriasis

Hypochondriasis

Hypochondriasis is the fear of having or believing you have a serious disease based on 'symptoms' that you misinterpret.

Symptoms include: excessive fear/anxiety over the disease you think you have, obsessive health research, frequently switching doctors, not being able to be reassured that you don't have the disease.

No specific known cause, but some include: anxiety disorders, or serious childhood illnesses.

Category: Somatoform

DSM-IV-TR Axis 1

Recommended treatment includes psychotherapy and medication


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