Hypochondriasis ICD F452 hypochondriacal disorder

Hypochondriasis involves an unwarranted fear or belief that one has one or more serious physical diseases (in contrast to somatization, in which the patient tends to concentrate on the symptoms themselves). The fears and beliefs persist despite negative medical tests, but are not of delusional intensity. The syndrome is equally common in both sexes, usually starts in young adult life, and follows a chronic course; indeed, in many cases, it is often best regarded as a type of anxious personality trait. It is compatible with a normal level of psychosocial functioning.

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