Hypochondria and Its Symptoms Depression and Anxiety
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Hypochondria and Its Symptoms Depression and Anxiety

Hypochondria and its symptoms depression and anxiety, not be confused with Münchausen syndrome, although they are both psychiatric disorders, Münchausen syndrome differs in that sufferers feign diseases and illnesses whereas hypochondriacs have the illnesses or diseases.

Hypochondria or Hypochondrias is an unnecessary fixation or worry about having a serious illness, individuals, and many people suffering from this disorder focus on a particular symptom as the mechanism of their worrying.

For example Diabetes sufferers which is quite manageable, would imagine it to be far worse and even terminal.

Patients with gastro-intestinal problems such as constipation or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) would escalate the illness into a life threatening disease such as Cancer and consequently suffer from a very real major depressive disorder

Münchausen syndrome differs

Hypochondria should not be confused with Münchausen syndrome, although they are both psychiatric disorders, Münchausen syndrome differs in that sufferers feign diseases and illnesses whereas hypochondriacs have the illnesses or diseases.

In the excessive form, Hypochondria can bring on depression and anxiety and these symptoms can be very real and debilitating,

OK we all get concerned at times about a minor symptom like an ache, pain or a sore that just won’t heal or go away; it could be something as simple as a runny nose or a tummy ache.

If you are still worrying about it after six months

But if after its gone or a doctor explains its nothing to worry about, you still have concerns about it then you could be suffering from a minor form of hypochondria; however if you are still worrying about it after six months then you could well be suffering from Hypochondria

Most hypochondria patients have some form of psychiatric problems and or suffer from depression, panic attacks, OCD, or some other anxiety disorders.

Individuals who are seriously ill are on the whole, cared for and most of the time generally treated better than a healthy person.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one answer

One theory is that Hypochondriacs see this, although not always aware of doing it, as a way of seeking more attention, in particular those who are going through a difficult time.

In most cases, as Hypochondria is seen as a Psychiatric problem, support and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy could be a great help to overcome this very depressive illness.


This is a real illness and can be overcome, over history there have been many famous

Hypochondriacs including Tennessee Williams, Adolf Hitler, Howard Hughes, Hans Christian Andersen, Dr Samuel Johnson

And the well known British comedian and film star Kenneth Williams

Hypochondria can be a chronic long-term disorder, it must never be looked upon as ”Just someone who thinks he is ill” this is a real illness but with the proper support, care and treatment, it can be overcome

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Comments (6)

Excellent explanation. Interesting that those figures of history, especially Hitler, were affected by this.

Interesting post.

Great article. It is more an illness of the mind. For years before I was diagnosed with MS the doctors used to look at me as if I had Hypochondria, even to the point that when I lost the use of my right hand and arm my gp went to get another doctor for a second opinion and he also said he couldn't find anything wrong. I cried in frustration because they wouldn't believe there was something wrong. I am sure if I looked at my gp notes Hypochondria would be written some where, so I really know how these people feel.

Thank you lisa. yes it is an Illness of the mind, but an Illness never the less, I remember you commenting on my article on bee sting therapy http://factoidz.com/bee-sting-therapy-can-it-help-multiple-sclerosis/ About your MS, how are you getting on with it?

It's all good. I came off the beta feron injections because they caused me to have clinical depression which I am still on treatment for but I have only had 2 relapses since stopping the injections over a year ago. I remember the bee sting article:-)

Very good article. My mother was a hypochondriac. She had a really rough life and I look back now and I can see how her condition was a tool that she could use to get the attention and care that she badly needed. She really had ailments that needed treating but as you said above, it was her obsessive focus on every little ache or pain that just seemed unmanageable to us all. It is hard though to determine how far one should push their doctors to convince them that something is wrong. I mean how does one person judge another person's pain and discomfort. I guess it is more of a pattern that you look for. I know a school boy age 14 that is convinced he has a heart condition while his parent says no. Lisa - I am grateful that you were able to finally get some one to give you a proper diagnosis. I know how frustrating that can be. I was in a similar situation with inflamation for several years and nothing could be found but I now have some joint damage so it was VERY real. It's all better now.