Disease anxiety disorder: symptoms, causes and treatment

As many psychological experts agree, the illness anxiety disorder (popularly known by the name of hypochondria) is an attitude that the individual adopts in the face of illness, even though he or she does not really have it.

Person hypochondriac It is characterized because it always tends to focus on each of the symptoms that may or may not appear in your body, which then leads you to think that you have a serious or serious illness that in most cases can lead to death.

It is usually characterized as a chronic psychological disease, although in some cases it can occur sporadically, especially in those people who have lost a close person due to a disease in the near future.

What is anxiety disorder by disease?

As we explained in a summarized way in the previous lines, the disease anxiety disorder comes to consist in the constant fear and worry of suffering from a serious illness, even when it does not really suffer or suffer.

This fear or worry occurs as a result of the personal interpretation of some bodily sensation or sign that may appear in the body, although it may be something completely normal.

What are your causes?

There are several causes of anxiety disorder by disease. Here we show some of the most common:

  • Misinterpretation of symptoms.

  • Traumatic experiences related directly or indirectly to the suffering of a serious illness by a family member or close friend, especially that could have caused death.

  • Having suffered an illness during childhood, especially if it was serious.

And his symptoms?

One of the main ones is the anxiety, since it is usually a disorder directly associated with anxiety, caused by the exaggerated concern that the person feels for their health.

The hypochondriac person may feel very afraid and worried about observing the symptoms or signs that he finds in his body, so he also tends to be a tremendously suggestive patient.

He also tries to continually repeat what happens to him, especially in those conversations he follows with relatives or close friends. You can practically say that all your conversations (or at least the vast majority) revolve around illnesses.

How is it treated?

The treatment it goes directly through the elimination of this fear of both disease and death, something that can be achieved from what is called "stop thinking", consisting of the approach of a series of prohibitions and tasks, in the that the patient should avoid those thoughts and do those acts that he can do continuously (like watching himself too much, for example).

The therapy usually includes methods that help to raise the self-esteem, helping to avoid possible depressions that can take to relapses. This article is published for informational purposes only. It can not and should not replace the consultation with a Psychologist. We advise you to consult your trusted Psychologist. ThemesAnxiety

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