Hypochondriasis is an overwhelming fear that you have a serious disease, even though there is no medical evidence of illness. It is also known as hypochondria or illness anxiety disorder (IAD). People with this disease think that normal body sensations are signs of serious illness.

Most people sometimes fear they have an illness. People with hypochondriasis are consumed with fear. This fear is severe and persistent, and interferes with work, as well as relationships. Hypochondriasis is somewhat similar to obsessive compulsive disorder.

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Review Date: 4/9/2018  

Reviewed By: Steven D. Ehrlich, NMD, Solutions Acupuncture, a private practice specializing in complementary and alternative medicine, Phoenix, AZ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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