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Hypochondriasis

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Evelyn Schechter

on 7 January 2015

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Transcript of Hypochondriasis

Hypochondriasis
The adamant belief that you are suffering from an undiagnosed illness
You become obsessed with the fact that you're sick, despite the fact that there's no medical evidence to support that assumption
Long term condition
Anxiety Disorder
Modern Examples
Potential Causes
stressful event or serious illness during childhood

anxiety or depression

history of abuse

a hypochondriac as a relative

inability to express emotions
Online Resources
WebMD
act as a source of information (not credible)
assists self diagnosis
creates false sense of knowledge
know-it-all
distrust in doctor's opinion
Objective
Examples
Factors that can assist the development of hypochondriasis
Hypochondriasis
Evelyn Schechter
I will be able to identify, analyze, and define hypochondriasis.
We will be able to define hypochondriasis, recognize examples, and describe the treatments.
Warm up
1) Have you ever experienced symptoms that weren't real or been convinced you were sick when you weren't?

2) Can you think of anyone (fictional or not) who is afraid of germs and always thinks he/she is sick?
Symptoms
excessive caution and anxiety about well being

doubt of your doctor's diagnosis (or lack thereof)

well-informed about illnesses

visits many different doctors

concern about health disrupts personal and work life
Melman
Cameron Frye
Bibliography
http://my.clevelandclinic.org/services/neurological_institute/center-for-behavorial-health/disease-conditions/hic-hypochondriasis
Prevalence
Treatment Options
Supportive Care
Choosing a reliable doctor that they are comfortable with and that will determine the validity of their illnesses
Anti-anxiety medicines
Serotonin inhibitors and tricyclic antidepressants help manage the anxiety
Psychotherapy
If the cause of the anxiety is found, the symptoms may lessen. The psychologist may be able to use cognitive behavioral therapy to adjust the patient's symptoms
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF00794988
http://www.mentalhelp.net/poc/view_doc.php?type=doc&id=47810
4.2% - 6.3% of those recorded as regular visitors at a hospital

The prevalence increases within the medical community
exposure to diseases causes anxiety about the odds of getting a disease

Hypochondriasis is most common in women
occurs 3x more often
http://www.currentpsychiatry.com/the-publication/past-issue-single-view/hypochondriasis-prevalence/b47d5fbb2c7c5967127f0718551f34e2.html
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