What is Hypochondriasis?
Hypochondriasis is described as a type of somatoform disorder or mental illness where a person has symptoms of medical illness. The symptoms cannot be fully explained by actual physical disorder. Researchers consider this as an anxiety disorder.
People with hypochondriasis are worried about getting a disease or are certain they have a disease even after medical tests show they do not. Hypochondriasis can occur at any time in life. It affects men and women equally.
Symptoms of hypochondriasis:
- Concerns about normal functions
- Doctor shopping
- Recent loss
- Overly concerned about an organ system
- Area of concern might shift
- Doctors reassurance does not calm patient fears
- Serious illness is a child
- Concerns about illness interfering with activities of daily living
- Suffering from anxiety, nervousness or depression
Causes of hypochondriasis:
- History of physical or sexual abuse
- Difficulty expressing one’s emotions
- Family history
Treatment of hypochondriasis:
- Supportive care