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Hypochondria is Serious


Understand hypochondria and that it is a serious condition:

""Oh no, it's him (or her) again!" probably goes through many a doctor's mind when a patient is soon back in the examining room with more mysterious symptoms. A week earlier they may have been intense chest pains from a suspected heart attack, and now a headache that could be signalling a brain tumour.

Just because nothing is physically wrong with the patient does not mean that the symptoms are feigned, though. They are not. And the patient truly does have a serious problem, namely hypochondria, or severe health anxiety.

While health worries can be essential for survival, hypochondriacs tend to interpret normal bodily sensations or discomforts as signs of a terrible illness. They "catastrophise" them, said Ute Habel, a member of the German association for psychiatry, psychotherapy and neurology."

Read More: http://www.news24.com/SciTech/News/Hypochondria-is-a-serious-condition-2...

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