Skip to main content
Login to unlock Email share
PrevalenceThe prevalence of hypochondriasis in the general population is not clear because the disorder has not been included in any nation-wide psychiatric epidemiologic studies.The six-month prevalence of DSM-III-R hypochondriasis was estimated to be between 4.2% and 6.3% of consecutive attenders who met the inclusion criterion of having visited the same physician before.
CourseThe course of hypochondriasis is typically chronic, with periods of higher functioning.
Your text here
Symptomsworried about having physical illnessgeneral complaints like pain and tirednessmisinterpreting normal body functions, like breathing
EtiologyunknownTheories include: ~A history of physical or sexual abuse~A poor ability to express emotions~A parent or close relative with the disorder — Children might learn this behavior if a parent is overly concerned about disease and/or overreacts to even minor illnesses.~An inherited susceptibility for the disorder