Or is the illness just Hypochondria itself?

What is Hypochondria?

Hypochondria is a disease in which a person has excessive and unrealistic worries about their health. This person can be called a Hypochondriac. Hypochondriacs believe they have a disease even after medical tests show they don't. This can cause great distress. Hypochondriacs are not lying about their symptoms, they truly believe they are sick.


Common causes are history of sexual abuse, history of having a serious illnesses as a child, poor ability to express emotions, parent or close relative suffers from Hypochondria, inherited susceptibility for the disorder, and children might also learn this behavior if parents are over concerned or if they over react about diseases.

Background of Hypochondria

Hypochondria was noticed since the days of the Roman physician, Galen (130-200 A.D.) It is described under the term Hypochondrial melancholy . This was the doing of the great 16th century scholar, Robert Burton. Studies show hypochondria affects 3% of the world population. It is nicknamed the "white coat syndrome".

Need help? Contact one of these sources.

N.A.M.I.- National Alliance on Mental Illness

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Clara Martin Center

(802) 728-4466 http://www.claramartin.org/


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