from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See hypochondria.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A mental disorder characterized by excessive fear of or preoccupation with a serious illness, despite medical testing and reassurance to the contrary.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A mental disorder in which melancholy and gloomy views torment the affected person, particularly concerning his own health; a morbid and deluded belief that one is afflicted with disease.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as hypochondria.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. chronic and abnormal anxiety about imaginary symptoms and ailments
Fortunate that it was so, otherwise a lunatic asylum, or a permanent state of what the doctors call hypochondriasis, might have followed.
While Harris Interactive refers to those who surf the web for medical or health-related information as "cyberchondriacs", this is not exactly correct as the portmanteau derives from hypochondriasis, which is a morbid obsession with imaginary physical ailments whereas the adults surveyed in the poll merely admitted to looking online for health information.
So she doesn't actually meet the official psychiatric definition of "hypochondriasis," in which a misinterpretation of symptoms leads to a preoccupation with having a serious illness that interferes with daily functions and lasts at least six months despite reassurances from a doctor.
Too much sex could cause not only vertigo and epilepsy but also “seminal weakness, impotence . . . pulmonary consumption, hypochondriasis, loss of memory . . . and death.”
True hypochondriasis can be a devastating illness but fortunately affects only about three percent of the population.
The least mature—or psychotic defenses include: denial, distortion, and delusional projection paranoia; the immature defenses are: fantasy, projection, hypochondriasis, passive-aggression and acting out.
Note also the profound hypochondriasis and fear that they are being infected by a "cancer"--again, a plot presumably put together by the Jews.
He had a little spike in the hypochondriasis scale—but then, who didn't?
In the Middle Ages, melancholia was also used to identify what today would be considered dysthymia, “minor” depressions, and hypochondriasis.
Reactivity of mood, hypochondriasis, significant features of anxiety, and premorbid anxious and fearful personality traits are cited as predictors of a poor response.
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