illness anxiety disorder


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illness anxiety disorder

n.
A psychiatric disorder characterized by persistent, distressing concern that one is or is likely to become seriously ill, even though physical symptoms are absent or mild.
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For similar reasons, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (fourth edition) diagnoses like hypochrondriasis and somatoform disorders that had acquired a pejorative connotation were reframed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (fifth edition) as illness anxiety disorder and somatic symptom disorder, respectively.
Hypochondria, or illness anxiety disorder, is an abnormal chronic anxiety about one's health, according to Mayo Clinic.