Hypochondria is an obsession with the idea the person is suffering from a serious or life-threatening disease that hasn't been diagnosed yet.
Everyone who worries about health problems is a not a hypochondriac. Having symptoms caused by something that the doctor can't identify clearly can cause anxiety. In some cases, a second opinion or further tests may be in order. However, if you search the internet for ailments that seem to match your symptoms, the chances are you'll find something. There is nothing wrong with keeping informed. However, insignificant or minor ailments often share symptoms with more-serious disorders and easy access to information about every possible thing that could be wrong can fuel anxiety. If you are plagued by the idea that something is seriously wrong even though your doctor has done appropriate tests and reassured you that there is nothing wrong, you may have crossed the boundary into hypochondria.
Some factors that may increase the risk of developing hypochondria such as:
Hypochondria occurs about equally in men and women, and even in children.
Hypochondria can lead to:
Treatment for hypochondria includes psychotherapy, education and medications.
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