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Hypochondria

 

Hypochondria or hypochondriasis is a condition where a person is preoccupied with the false idea of having a serious illness despite repeated assurances about his/her health being fine.

Causes
Causes are not known but possibilities include:

  • Stressful past experiences
  • Generalized anxiety

Symptoms

  • Persistent fear of serious medical illness
  • Presence of medically unexplained symptoms
  • Misinterpreting normal symptoms
  • Frequent visits to doctors

Treatment
There is no specific treatment for hypochondriasis but it may be managed by:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy to change thinking and behavior to reduce the intensity of symptoms
  • Counseling for reassurance and emotional support
  • Medication like antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs or SSRIs

Prevention
There is no way to prevent hypochondriasis.