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Hypochondriasis Symptoms

(Also Known As: Hypocondriasis Symptoms, Hypochondriac Symptoms, Hypocondriac Symptoms, Somatoform Symptoms, Obsessive Compulsive Symptoms, Malingering Symptoms, Hypochondriasis Dsm Symptoms)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What are the Symptoms of Hypochondriasis?

Hypochondriasis is a condition wherein the patient consistently thinks they have a medical illness, whether real or imaginary. Any symptom of a disease is attributed to a serious medical illness. This can bring about severe anxiety and depression on the part of the patient 3 Symptoms of hypochondria usually follow a single pattern. The hypochondriac will be overpowered by a fear of illness. They will not be able to control this fear, and their doctor will not be able to reason with them.

People suffering from hypochondriasis believe that their physical condition is proof that they are suffering from a serious medical condition. They are not making up their symptoms and their fears about them are true. Some of the sensations they feel include a slow heartbeat, rumblings in their stomach, sweating, and dizziness when standing up. Minor physical conditions such as an occasional cough or ringing of the ears becomes a major concern for patients of hypochondriasis 4

In most cases, giving reassurance to the hypochondriac that what they are feeling is not a symptom of a serious disease will not be effective. Since the individual is not suffering from the disease they believe they have, hypochondriacs usually do not respond to routine treatment. In fact, this makes them prone to detrimental side effects.

Hypochondriasis can be as deadly as other chronic physical illnesses. It can lead to impairment of their ability to perform well and to have satisfying relationships with another person. Unless treated, hypochondriasis can become a lifelong condition. The problem with this disorder is that most sufferers do not want to seek the help of a doctor.

For hypochondriacs, referral to a mental health professional is an indication that they are faking or imagining their symptoms. Likewise, this leads the patient to think that the doctor is trying to get rid of them by referring them to another mental health professional.

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