Hypochondriacs will seek constant reassurance from doctor, friends, and family members that they do not have a disease. This can become tedious to these people and affect the relationship between them. Hypochondriacs are engrossed by the thought that they are ill, and this feeling affects their social, professional, and personal life. They cannot carry out their daily lives. Many will develop obsessive compulsive symptoms to check their body for symptoms. They will develop a routine that needs to be followed to check for any abnormalities. Hypochondriacs will also commonly ask for medical tests to check for diseases as a form of reassurance. Even with confirmation from the doctor and medical tests, the belief that something is wrong will persist.
Obsessive compulsive behavior, increased stress levels, depression, and other mental problems can all result from hypochondria. The thought of being sick all the time can take an emotional toll on a person. Therapy can help to manage these problems and also to reduce and possibly eliminate hypochondria. If you or a loved one may have hypochondria please give me a call to schedule an appointment.