Hypochondria and its symptoms depression and anxiety, not be confused with MÃ¼nchausen syndrome, although they are both psychiatric disorders, MÃ¼nchausen 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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