|Home | About Bipolar Disorder | About David Oliver | Bipolar Articles/Stories | Bipolar Success Stories | Blogs and Podcast | Catalog | Contact | Current Bipolar News David Oliver In the News | Donate | Events | FAQ's | FREE Resources | Health Directory | Other Illnesses | Recommended Sites | Site Map | Speaking | Testimonials|
Hypochondria, also called Hypochondriasis, is a somatic disorder that is characterized by the belief that the patient has one or more serious medical conditions. Patients will misinterpret physical symptoms as a sign of serious disease, and persist in this belief in spite of reassurance from doctors. They exhibit preoccupation with these symptoms, though they are not delusional. This preoccupation causes social and occupational impairment. A patient may find a mark on their skin and become convinced that it is cancerous, or hear normal digestive sounds and think he/she has a serious stomach disorder or illness. Patients with hypochondriasis are often concerned about a specific organs or illnesses, like heart disease or stomach cancer. Patients with this disorder may admit their fears are exaggerated, but they persist in the belief that they are ill. Hypochondriacs go from doctor to doctor, trying to find a doctor that will confirm their illness. The focus of the patient’s preoccupation with perceived illness is typically the benefit of the attention that illness brings to them. Family, friends, co-workers and doctors all give them attention and support, and the patient is relieved from day-to-day responsibilities, though the patient is rarely aware of this motivation.
The hypochondriac is not pretending. Rather, he/she truly believes the illness is real and actually feels ill. Somatic symptoms can become more intense after a specific event like the death of a family member or a divorce. The disorder often starts in young adulthood, and it can be chronic, lasting for many years. Patients may be predisposed to this order by a prior trauma or illness from childhood, and the disorder can run in families, though it is unclear whether it is hereditary or simply a learned behavior. Hypochondriacal symptoms are often associated with other mental disorders, including depression and schizophrenia. Hypochondriasis may occur in episodes lasting months or years with remission for equally long periods.
What are the symptoms?
Because hypochondriac patients feel and exhibit physical symptoms of disease or illness, many of the signs of this disorder are in physical complaints that cannot be attributed to a true or specific illness by thorough testing and medical examination.
Primary Symptoms of Hypochondria
How is it diagnosed and treated?
Because the patient presents with physical complaints, doctors must first perform a thorough physical examination with appropriate blood tests, x-rays and other tests to rule out or verify their physical complaints. Since accompanying depression and other mental disorders may be coincident, the patient may also undergo a mental evaluation.
Real disease and illness is often overlooked in diagnosed hypochondriacs, because their complaints were previously unfounded, so it is important that the doctor review all possible causes for symptoms before ruling out a true disease or disorder.
Treatment(s) can include:
This Week's Bipolar News
Woman Sentenced to Seven Years In Prison For Death of UF Student
Stronger Neural Connections May Trump Genetic Risk for Bipolar Disorder/a>
Click here for all Bipolar News.
The Warning Signs Of An Impending Bipolar Disorder Manic Episode
Bipolar disorder - as the name implies - involves two distinct set of symptoms. One set throws the individual down into the depths of a massive depression. The other places the individual who suffers with bipolar disorder at the top of a peak manic episode.
Most everyone can eventually recognize the warning signs of an impending depressive episode related to bipolar disorder. More likely than not, individuals with bipolar disorder try very hard to avoid it.
However, for many individuals with bipolar disorder, it's more difficult to recognize the signs of an impending manic episode. After all, a manic episode of bipolar disorder can be mistaken in some cases - especially in the very early formation -- for the lifting of the corresponding mood swing of the depression.
Home | About
Bipolar Disorder |
About David Oliver | Bipolar
Articles/Stories | Bipolar
Success Stories | Blogs
and Podcast | Catalog |
| Current Bipolar
David Oliver In the News | Donate | Events | FAQ's | FREE Resources | Health Directory | Other Illnesses | Recommended Sites | Site Map | Speaking | Testimonials
| The information contained
on this web page is not meant to provide medical advice.
Specific medical advice should be obtained from a qualified and licensed health-care practitioner.
There is no warranty that the information is free from all errors and omissions or that it meets any particular standard.
Copyright 2004- 2017 , BipolarCentral.com