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The True Meaning of Hypochondriacs

Updated on November 8, 2016
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Often, I hear about deaths too concerning such cases and the continuous visits for blood tests.

The medication taken for back ache or some intestinal problem looks a common health issue.

It is difficult to understand why these individuals behave that way with such intense health issues.

  • Why did I think of Hypochondria?

Recently one of our neighbors falsely mentioned she hurt her back and is unable to move and has been taking a certain kind of injection to relive the pain.

At first I almost believed it but when I worked out her reasons. I knew right away that it was just her way of thinking her mind control was astray.

A few days later her husband complained about a sore arm and was rushed to the emergency room for treatment.

The both need to be taken care of by their one and only daughter who helped out and for two weeks the couple had to go through all that pain.

I don't know what to make of all the situation it sounds too much to cope with, especially when I had no idea about their health anxieties.

The woman attended a wedding and after having her first course meal she danced and looked fine.

I was amazed because her back pain seemed fine at that time of her dancing.

Hypochondriacs have issues with their health and look for such problems when on a regular visit to their doctor.

The constant thought of their ache as a serious one becomes serious with their actual belief. It reassures them that their illness is there and troubling them.

Another person I know had many operations and she just enjoys going into surgery for no serious problem.

From one health issue to another which can go on from day to day and month to month the individual is never satisfied unless they are taken seriously by a doctor.

Any ache or small health problem that does not need the attention of a doctor’s surgery are often taken into consideration.

It is how the bigger health issues begin and lead to much more complicated problems.

Hypochondriacs don't have a serious health problem.

Once medication is prescribed the Hypochondriac becomes happier and fulfilled.

When the Hypochondriac sweats, feels much warmer than usual or has a simple bowel movement they think of this as an illness to their bodies.

Any little sore or rash will be taken seriously. Their first reaction is they have serious allergic reaction to a lotion used or herbs eaten something that can be out of control.

A swollen ankle can give a Hypochondriac a panic attack.

When I first came to Croatia we rented a flat and my son at that time was nine years old. At that age boys enjoy having fun and running about outside. He ran around and played and sometimes the odd i slight injury. All part of growing up falling down and getting up the ongoing process.

My son ran and jumped over a little wall he fell and hurt his ankle I looked on quite stunned but knew it was not a serious injury.

The tenant was frantic she insisted I take my son to the doctor and have the ankle x-rayed something which I did not think of as a serious issue, at least not like the way she had explained.

Thereafter, I noticed more of that kind of behaviors of Hypochondriacs. Once something as little as a fall affected them so badly everything else fell into place. I knew what to expect.

Hypochondriacs continue to pursue their negative blood test results a desire to find a health problem this can be from cancer to liver issues, and to a tiny sore or a rash.

The minor health issues become the major health issues once continuously tampered with by the individual.

Hypochondriacs suffer from a psychiatric order it can be from major depression, Obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD). The common kind of cleaning that leads to more and more cleaning of hands and of the house in making sure no item is left unclean. Also, all items are packed in single orders.

I have noticed the anxiety disorder this was unusual for me and in a small community it is all right in front of me.

Hypochondriacs suffer for a long time with their so-called illnesses sometimes till death. Illnesses that are unexplained just continues with some treatment.

Treatment is hardly effective on Hypochondriacs

  • How is an individual affected from Hypochondria?

Hypochondria starts from early adulthood when the individual starts to recover from a serious illness the disorder starts its way through their minds.

Their health never heals from the serious illness making the person feel most uncomfortable and with more pain.

Any illness is assumed to be the worst for Hypochondriacs.

There was an acquaintance that died from an illness he was fit and a very healthy person for all of his years. until a recent prostate problem. After treatment worked he was fine for a short period.

He spent two of the six months in hospital with a continuous health problem which lead from the prostate to the bowel then to the intestines and eventually he died.

The health issue was never thoroughly solved.

Doctors try their best to treat their patients but with no proper cause of death it is most difficult to comprehend it all. After death it is all substantial. Some families are not sure of how their loved ones have died.

Most of what is believed to have caused the death is untrue.

Pain is one of the main issues of a Hypochondriac's nightmare and is a never ending problem.

The arm, back, head, and legs are mostly about pain.

The thinking of a Hypochondriac makes it all believable.

How can Hypochondriacs be treated?

An antidepressant as Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor helps many Hypochondriacs known as ( SSRI) it is effective to a Hypochondriac to avoid the symptoms physically affecting the individual.

The Hypochondriac is affected mentally and there is not much that others like family and friends can do to change the situation.

What a Hypochondriac believes is not believable by any other persons with normal health behaviors.

I too found that hard to believe that a Hypochondriac can be so frail and would make sure they have a health issue.

Even when there is no illness and when there is nothing to worry about a health problem is thought of. A simple headache can lead them to an emergency room.

A simple tired day can have a greater effect on a Hypochondriac.

The problem with a Hypochondriac they become obsessed with the idea of having a serious illness, in fact it is more of having a life-threatening illness.

Mostly medication eases their pain and serious illnesses.

I understand that it is normal to worry about your health every now and again. If you have a persistent ache for more than two weeks then you should have it checked out by your doctor. The obsessiveness of an ache does not explain the actual problem.

The more tests one has the more problems one is asking for during such trials.

  • Why do such individuals worry that much about their health?

Stressful times do create these moments; a death in the family can be the cause of the problem. If the individual is vulnerable to health anxiety like if you worry about the health of others it can lead to an emotional conflict.

  • What causes health anxiety?

The physical problem improves when individuals worry and when one has Health Anxiety the symptoms worsen. When one has an ache they totally avoid any means of exercise this leads to more problems. No exorcising can make individuals unhappy, unhealthy and unfit.

The illness is misinterpreted.

Those who often seek information about their health and need reassurance about their health issues are looking for major issues.

The people who avoid visiting the doctor due to the anxiety triggers to know more about their illnesses are the two lots of people who are part of two extremes.

Appointments are avoided it is better not to know more they feel triggered by knowing more.

Such kinds of behaviors are not healthy for any human.

One specific person I know of has this problem. For about a year but was only told recently by her doctor of her problem.

She makes many doctors’ appointments for different illnesses, such as headaches, dizziness, stomach pain, palpitations, and sweating.

Although every test she had done has come back fine she fails to believe it is true. This woman believes she has a heart problem even though her ECH was fine.

The appointments made are for different opinions from different doctors. Each doctor came to the same conclusion.

A young woman of twenty is experiencing this psychiatric disorder and this is now beginning to affect her life, her work and she fears for her illness. She will not go on a plane afraid of having a heart attack.

Addressing ones health is very important but you should do this for a valuable reason.

Life of a Hypochondriac

Hypochondriacs are always Sick with an Illness

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi tobusiness o glad you came by and shared your thoughts and understand my point on The True Meaning of Hypochondriacs thank you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Devika, another interesting article! this reminded me of comedian Spike Milligan's epitaph. Written on his gravestone in Gaelic " I told you I was ill." :) The problem with labeling people as Hypochondriacs is that there just might be something really wrong. However, we should also remember the story of the boy who cried wolf. A fascinating subject.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      DREAM ON thank you very much for stopping by

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      DREAM ON 3 years ago

      You opened my eyes to the world few people see.I can't imagine wanting to be sick(subconsciously) or consciously. Informative hub to problems some people have.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Minnetonka TwinI agree it can't be a peaceful life thank you for sharing your thoughts at my hub.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      elayne001 thank you for sharing your comment on this topic so glad you could make the time.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      kidscrafts you are right but I have observed most people around me and know of first hand that most people here are not as ill as they actually say they are thank you for stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi sheila "Hypochonriacs are always sick with an illness". I say this from observing the behaviors of certain people and that is true they prefer staying home than working so call in sick fake an illness and make sure they attend the doctor for an examination even for a simple cold or flu. ''A reputable doctor is not going to give a patient medicine if there is no reason'' is also true it happens with people I know of. I have writtent his hub due to my personal observations. I understand your comment and what you mean but this is what I have accomplished over time. Thank you.

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      Linda Rogers 3 years ago from Minnesota

      I have known someone that struggles with thinking they are sick when they are not. I have so much compassion for anyone that lives with the fear of always thinking they are sick. It can't be a peaceful life.

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      Elayne 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Some people have chronic illnesses for which they are constantly monitored. I have primarily biliary cirrhosis PBC which is an autoimmune disease of the liver which can progress into destruction of the bile ducts. No one can see it, but I get side effects see a doctor regularly to monitor it. It is easy to judge people and call them hypochondriacs when you cannot feel what they do. The other extreme are individuals who won't go to a doctor unless they are dragged, and oftentimes it is too late for them.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I am always very careful before judging if someone else is hypochondriac or is plainly faking it. I try also to remind myself that I am not in the body of the other person. The other important point as well is that we don't all have the same tolerance for pain. When you take two persons with the same injury, one will stay very quite as the other one you think the person is almost dying.

      Thank you for touching on that subject, Devika!

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      sheilamyers 3 years ago

      I find a few flaws with the information you've posted.

      1. A reputable doctor is not going to give a patient medicine if there is no reason. They won't give the medicine just hoping the patient will be satisfied and stay away for a while.

      2. A reputable surgeon is not going to do several surgeries on the same person if those surgeries aren't necessary.

      3. While these two things may happen from time to time, I'd have some serious doubts about the doctor and/or surgeon.

      4. The way you wrote the statement - "Hypochondiacs would make sure their sick" - sounds like you're saying they will actually do or take something to make themselves sick so the doctors pay attention to them. If this is what you mean, that person isn't a hypochondriac, they suffer from Munchausen's syndrome.

      5. Above your poll, you state "Hypochonriacs are always sick with an illness". That isn't true in the full sense of the phrase. Hypochondriacs may have an illness, but they decide they have some major disease. And some hypochondriacs don't even have to have any illness present to have the fear of having a disease which makes the statement false.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      FlourishAnyway thank you for sharing your comments on The True Meaning of Hypochondriacs I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Jackie I fully understand your comment here and gladly agree thank you for sharing your experience on his topic.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi billybuc thank you very much for stopping by and sharing your comments.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I do know people who go to the doctor a lot and even pursue surgery a lot. It's very hard to assess the pain and ailments of others, especially when they have nonvisible ailments.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Well I just would never make that judgement since much pain I have had in the last few years has just been diagnosed with x-ray proof of being severe nerve damage and although I may act very healthy at times feeling better does not mean I am not really in severe pain at other times. That is how nerve damage behaves. Now it may sound weird to say I am so glad they found this but now a record of this can be put as a footnote at the very least under all the shaking of doctors heads never hearing of such symptoms before. Not that I think they will read it to remember for their next patient that comes along with weird complaints.

      I do know there are hypochondriacs and I guess they cause a lot of people unnecessary grieve not being believed. Benefit of a doubt should be a doctors first thought though; I think.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, I haven't been to a doctor in twelve years, so I guess it is safe to say I am not a hypochondriac. :) I have known several over the years, though, including my mother.