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.
Share it:  Cite

More from this Section

  • Sensitization
    Sensitization is a defensive response to threat in which the person attempts to control ...
  • Bard-Cannon theory
    Bard-Cannon theory is a neurological theory of emotion which proposes that stimuli from ...
  • Attribution
    Attribution is the process through which we seek to identify the causes of others’ behavior ...
  • Leniency Bias
    Leniency Bias among some jurors, a general tendency to make favorable assumptions about ...
  • Deception
    Deception is a technique whereby researchers withhold information about the purposes or ...