Definition

Hypochondriasis

One type of somatoform disorder is hypochondriasis, in which people have a constant fear of illness and a preoccupation with their health. These individuals believe that everyday aches and pains are symptoms of a dread disease. It is not that the “symptoms” are faked; rather, it is the misinterpretation of those sensations as evidence of some serious illness – often in the face of inarguable medical evidence to the contrary – that characterizes hypochondriasis.


Hypochondria is neurotic concern for one's health. 

Webster Dictionary Meaning

1. Hypochondriasis
- A mental disorder in which melancholy and gloomy views torment the affected person, particularly concerning his own health.
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