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hy·po·chon·dri·a·sis

 (hī′pə-kən-drī′ə-sĭs)
n. pl. hy·po·chon·dri·a·ses (-sēz′)

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hypochondriacism, hypochondriasis

1. Psychiatry. an abnormal state characterized by emotional depression and imagined ill health, often accompanied by symptoms untraceable to any organic disease.
2. excessive concern and conversation about one’s health. Also called hypochondria, nosomania. — hypochondriac, n.hypochondriacal, adj.
See also: Health
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Noun1.hypochondriasis - chronic and abnormal anxiety about imaginary symptoms and ailments
anxiety, anxiousness - (psychiatry) a relatively permanent state of worry and nervousness occurring in a variety of mental disorders, usually accompanied by compulsive behavior or attacks of panic
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hypochondriasis

n (ant) hipocondría
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The relationship (or lack of relationship) between medical theory and practice comes under scrutiny in papers reconstructing the framework of clinical knowledge at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in the year 1770-1800, the social and cultural contexts of 18th century gynecology, and shifting constructions of hysteria and hypochondriasis.
-- A meta-analysis incorporating 12 treatment studies indicates that antidepressants and cognitive-behavioral therapy both work well in the treatment of hypochondriasis.
This instrument consists of 26 symptoms common to the somatization subscale of the Hopkins Symptom Checklist-90[23,24] and the hypochondriasis subscale of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, on which responses are scored on a 5-point ordinal scale.
Differential diagnosis for pseudologia fantastica includes dementia, delusional disorder, antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, factitious disorder, malingering, hypochondriasis, substance abuse/dependence, and schizophrenia/schizophreniform disorder.