A 50-year-old member asked:
what is hypochondria and can it be related to munchhausen?
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Dr. Lisa Saponaro answered
17 years experience Clinical Psychology
They are similar: Hypochondria is the belief that physical symptoms are the sign of a serious medical problem with out evidence of an actual problem. This may or may not be to gain attention, and usually the person generally believes the symptoms represent serious underlying illness. Munchausen is when a person creates or exaggerates symptoms for attention.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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