FAQ - Hypochondriasis
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How do you know if you have Hypochondriasis?

If you think you have the disease that makes you believe you have a lot of other diseases (Hypochondriasis), would you just get over it all? Or would you constantly worry about worrying about other diseases?
Does that make sense to anyone else??

well... i think that if you are aware you are a hypochondriac, then you really aren't... if that makes any sense...
because the definition of that condition is in TRULY BELIEVING that you have various other diseases, even when you DON'T. so if someone believed that they had hypochondriasis, then that would entail believing that their delusions of having various other diseases were, in fact, merely delusions. and that would mean that they were no longer a hypochondriac, because they would have gained what's called "insight into illness," thus excluding them from the criteria for hypochondriasis.

sorry that was so confusing... it's an almost paradoxical question haha  (+ info)

Sooooo, how do you explain to a hypochondriac friend that he suffers from hypochondriasis, and not Lycanthropy?

I have a friend who honestly believes that he is indeed a werewolf.. And he wont accept the fact that he's a hypochondriac, and the reason he doesn't transform is because he suffers from hypochondriasis and not because he only has part of the "werewolf gene"?

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What is the difference between Munchausen's Syndrome and Hypochondriasis?

Ok here's why I asked:

I know that I have hypochondria. It runs in my family. However, I also severely crave the attention and sympathy from doctors and friends and loved ones and what-not. So which one would you say I have now...?

People with Hypochondriasis genuinely think that there is something seriously wrong with them. They may have a headache and think they could have a brain tumor. Or they may see a mole on their skin and think they have skin cancer.
People with Munchausen's want attention and sympathy from doctors and loved ones so they make up symptoms and pretend that they are really sick. They research diseases and their symptoms and go to the doctor so they can get treated, and in their favour, be hospitalized.  (+ info)

How do I get over severe hypochondriasis disorder?

I am always searching the internet to find out "what's wrong with me." I don't know for sure if there is anything wrong with me. I just don't know. However, after last night's HORRIBLE anxiety episode, I need to find some way to ease it. I just don't know how to do it. Please help me. I don't know what to do; it's controlling my life to the fullest extent. I don't have the money to see a psychologist.

You know you have a disorder, you know that its the disorder thats makes you think you have illness. So you have the advantage of being able to say "that isn't true, theres nothing wrong".
Go to the doctor, get a full physical. They're probably tell you your fine. Then you can start putting your mind to rest, hopefully. Good luck dude  (+ info)

how do you cope with hypochondriasis?

I get it really bad sometimes, and I don't know how to make it less stressful.

P.S. a person who has it is called a hypochondriac.
I'd talk to my doctor, only I would be afraid that would give him a preconceived notion about any future problem, and possibly overlook it the one time it is serious.

I know how you feel. Sometimes I can't even watch "House" because I start to wonder: "I think I may have that symptom, what if I have that!?" For me, I seem to always research symptoms I may have and find the worst disease or illness it can be a sign of, and suddenly think I have it. I admit, it does sound silly, but it's how it works for me. If you do the same, try not to research symptoms you have. It's basically a cycle. Finding things wrong with you, researching the possibilities, have a fear you may have the illness you've researched, all just adds to more anxiety and stress. The process will just repeat over and over again until you find a way to break it. The easiest way I found was just to stop researching and use common sense. If you have a headache, it's just a headache and not a brain tumor. (Something I always seem to be preoccupied with, along with rabies o_O) You didn't specify specifics about how chronic your condition is, so it's difficult to help. I'm sure there are support groups out there, as well as therapists that specialize in the manner. You could also visit a doctor and have him/her tell you that there is nothing wrong with you. (I have yet to do this because I'm afraid of the outcome)

Honestly, I don't believe there is a "cure" for hypochondria, you just have to live with it and learn to suppress it. You'll have to find the method that works best for you. I just listed what works best for me.  (+ info)

Any people understand about hypochondriasis?

I have had OCD/ health anxiety issues since childhood. I have been on medication for years and am gradually weaning off it. I have also had CBT. Recently my health anxiety is getting worse. I am now 30. I stopped smoking a few weeks ago and have had no trouble staying quit. I drank a lot for the past 10 years but have recently cut way back on the alcohol. I am still convinced I am going to have a heart attack or stroke any minute. My heart is fine. I had a panic attack last week and got checked out and my blood pressure is good. My pulse rate is always pretty high from anxiety. I don't even want to exercise because of the fear of dropping dead from the strain. I can't get counselling at the moment for various reasons. Basically, I am not looking for advice, but rather hearing stories from others who have had somatoform disorders.

this is uncontrooled anxiety, why call it hypochondriasis, i would suggest to seek help from psychiatrists for appropriate medicines first and then counselling, good luck  (+ info)

can hypochondriasis be for mental illnesses too?

i know it is a mental illness, i mean can you believe you have a mental illness not just physical?

It is mental as you already said . & It does if severe enough manifest into physical symptoms.

Yes & if you recognize this you should seek treatment.  (+ info)

Contrast hypochondriasis with somatization disorder. How do patients with these disorders differ?

Hypochondriasis, or hypochondria, is an overwhelming fear that you have a serious disease, even though health care providers can find no evidence of illness.
You occasionally fear you have an illness; people with hypochondriasis are preoccupied with your fear, which is severe and persistent and interferes with work, school, as well as relationships.

Hypochondriasis is somewhat similar to obsessive-compulsive disorder, because of the obsession with illness and the compulsion to do something to lessen your anxiety. An estimated 75 - 85% of people who have hypochondriasis also have anxiety, depression, or another mental disorder.

Your health care provider will perform a physical examination along with other tests to determine whether a physical disease may account for your reported symptoms. Your health care provider will also ask specific questions and use psychological tests to rule out the possibility of other related disorders such as anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder. A trained specialist, such as a psychologist or a psychiatrist, may be consulted to aid in the diagnosis and treatment.

People like you with hypochondriasis that also have anxiety or depression may benefit from avoiding alcohol and caffeine. In general, it makes good sense for a person with hypochondriasis to eat a healthy diet, including the following: Eat plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Limit sugar, dairy, and refined, processed foods. Drink at least eight glasses of water each day to reduce constipation and other gastrointestinal complaints. Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day. This helps stabilize blood sugar (which can improve mood) and improve digestion.

take care as always!!!  (+ info)


Can you clarify the question? Are you asking why it is important for the physician to know the patient is a hypochondriac, or that it's important for the patient to be told he/she is one?

If you're asking for the physician, it would be so that they physician is alert to watch for drug-seeking behavior, or behavior that could point to self-harm. While the physician will still need to take all symptoms and complaints seriously, they will also be alert to contradictory information.

If you're asking for the patient, it would be because it's not healthy for someone to think they're sick all the time, to invent diseases and symptoms. This is actually a mental health condition, and can lead to abuse of prescription drugs and other concerns.  (+ info)

Does fibromyalgia exist or are many patients suffering from depession-anxiety-stress-hypochondriasis?

The problem with illnesses like fibromyalgia and M.E. are that we have a medical system that believes the 'physical' and 'mental/emotional' aspects of ourselves are totally unrelated. As a result, when they can't easily observe physical changes, they say it's psychological, by which they imply 'it's all in your mind' and 'you're faking it'. Very reasonably, sufferers from these all too real conditions get extremely aggravated.

But the truth is that much, if not most, possibly ALL illness has a psychological component. When something isn't right in our very selves, we may 'express' or 'deal with' that dis-ease on a physical, emotional or mental level. ALL THESE FORMS OF EXPRESSION ARE REAL!!!!

So there is absolutely no doubt that fibromyalgia exists, the pain and suffering are not imagined or hypochondriacal, and physical help is needed - but there is a psychological component which is perhaps clearer in fibromyalgia than in rheumatoid arthritis. Don't forget that cancer is MUCH more likely in people who have suffered trauma. It doesn't mean that they have 'caused' their cancer (it's so easy to get into the 'blame the victim' approach but it's quite unwarranted). So for some fibromyalgia patients, counselling/psychotherapy will be a helpful part of their treatment, and this does not in any way imply that their condition is imaginary or caused by them.  (+ info)

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