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What is hypochondria?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

We all know people we classify as hypochondriacs: They spend all their time focusing on what's wrong with them, even though nothing ever is (and even though there's no potential benefit, like, say, when you check your blood pressure every day). To help, we need to teach people that their obsessions are ruining their lives, but not reducing their risks - so they need to get used to some uncertainty in their lives.

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Hypochondria is an excessive fear that you have a disease or sickness that you do not actually have, or you have an excessive concern about your health.

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