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Illness Anxiety Disorder
Transcript of Illness Anxiety Disorder
by Elmer Mendez
The intense fear of having undiagnosed severe physical or mental diseases like cancer or schizophrenia.
Interferes with social, occupational, and work
Having a long-term intense fear or anxiety about having a serious disease.
Worrying that minor symptoms or bodily sensations mean you have a serious illness.
Seeing doctors repeated times or having involved medical exams such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), echocardiograms or exploratory surgery.
Frequently switching doctors — if one doctor tells you that you aren't sick, you may not believe it and seek out other opinions.
Obsessively doing health research.
Frequently checking your body for problems, such as lumps or sores.
Frequently checking your vital signs, such as pulse or blood pressure.
Thinking you have a disease after reading or hearing about it.
Having a serious illness during childhood.
Knowing family members or others with a serious disease.
The death of a loved one.
Having an anxiety disorder.
Believing good health means that you are free of all physical symptoms or unusual bodily sensations.
Feeling especially vulnerable to illness or disease.
Occurs equally in men and women.
Develops mostly during young adulthood.
Risks and Causes
24 year old Woman Mrs. A
Illness Anxiety Disorder
Preoccupation with fears of having a serious disease based on the person’s misinterpretation of bodily symptoms.
The preoccupation persists despite appropriate medical evaluation and reassurance.
The preoccupation causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
The duration of the disturbance is at least 6 months.
The preoccupation is not better accounted for by generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive–compulsive disorder, panic disorder, a major depressive episode, separation anxiety, etc.
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