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Hypochondria: How to diagnose and deal with illness anxiety

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“It’s all in your head!” “Malingerer!” “Hypochondriac!” People who constantly worry that they are – or may become – seriously ill are often an object of scorn. But truth be told, while they typically don’t have what they think they do, in many cases they really aren’t healthy. Hypochondria, now usually called health anxiety or illness anxiety disorder, is a mental disorder that can severely disrupt your life. Unfortunately for those who suffer from it, the term “hypochondriac” has become a pejorative label, notes Timo Slotta, a psychological psychotherapist at the University of Cologne’s speci…

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