A 29-year-old member asked:
What causes hypochondria?
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Clinical Psychology 18 years experience
Theories: There are a number of theories. Psychological theory would suggest some secondary gain (e.g., attention, control, avoidance). Physiological theory would suggest hypersensitive physical responses to stress or a strong "mind/body" connection that converts stress to physical problems or complaints. It's probably a combination of both and theoretical.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
What is hypochondria?
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Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Definition: Hypochondria is when one believes oneself to be ill, when no illness is actually present. It is "all in one's head" so to speak. It can result in expensive and sometimes risky medical evaluations and lead to frustration for the patient and the physician, and can result in needless harm to the patient.
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Last updated Nov 14, 2017
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