• Conditions Treated

    Health Anxiety or Hypochondriasis

    Hypochondriasis, or Health Anxiety, is classified as one of the somatoform disorders that includes somatization disorder and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). The core feature of hypochondriasis, or health anxiety, is the fear or idea of having a serious disease. This fear is based on misinterpretation of bodily signs and sensations as evidence of disease, and it often persists despite appropriate medical evaluation and reassurance.

    Symptoms include:

    • Preoccupying fear of having a serious disease.
    • Preoccupation that persists despite medical evaluation and reassurance.
    • Belief is not delusional.
    • Preoccupation causes clinically significant distress or daily living impairment.
    • Preoccupation lasts for at least 6 months.
    • Preoccupation is not explained by another mood, anxiety, or somatoform disorder.
    • Absent physical findings, particularly with repeated examinations.

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