Hypochondria is a disorder expressed in concern and increased fixation of attention to one’s physical health. Long since the state of man, which was manifested in the anxiety of the alleged possibility of falling ill, the ancient Greeks called hypochondria. In the usual sense, this word means despondency, as well as a melancholy attitude to life. How to get rid of this disease still worries many.
Medicine The term hypochondria refers to diagnoses. It is put to those patients who do not let go of obsessive ideas about the presence of an incurable serious illness. This term refers to a personality trait or symptom of mental disorders. Pure hypochondria is characterized by the perception of personal feelings as unpleasant and abnormal. In this case, the hypochondriac mistakenly "knows" what kind of disease he has, but his degree of conviction often changes constantly due to the suspiciousness inherent in this condition.
According to the ICD-10, modern psychiatry and psychology consider hypochondria to be a mental disorder, which is classified as somatoform. This means that it is reversible and psychosomatic. Hypochondriacal concerns are often related to the heart, genitals, gastrointestinal tract and brain. Under the influence of mental processes malfunctions of the body occur. Persons with anxiety, depression, suspiciousness are prone to the development of hypochondria.