Hypochondria

Dana Caldarelli-4

Definition

obsesses with the fact or idea that you have a serious or life-threatening disease that hasn't been diagnosed yet.

causes

Its unclear why some people are overwhelmed by the misguided perception that they have a major, undiagnosed health issue. its thought that personality, life experiences, upbringing and inherited traits may all play a role.

symptoms

  • long term intense fear or anxiety.
  • frequently switching doctors.
  • continuously talking about your symptoms

obsessively doing health research

  • frequently checking your body for problems.

background

hypochondria is a difficult and very complex psychiatric disorder to treat in the general medical setting.


hypochondria demands biopsychosocial treatment planning by a team that includes primary care physicians, subspecialists, and mental health professionals.

age/gender specific

hypochondria can start as early as 5 and carry on from there. prevalence of hypochondria ranges 4 to 7 percent in the general population, affects both men and women.

treatments and medications

  • psychological counseling
  • psychoeducation
  • certain medications such as antidepressants
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