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          What is Hypochodria?

          February 04, 2015

          According to the American Psychiatric Association‘s DSM-5, the term Hypochondriasis has been replaced by Somatic Symptom Disorder.

          Approximately 75% of individuals previously diagnosed with hypochondriasis are included under the diagnosis of somatic symptom disorder.

          Somatic Symptom Disorder is characterized by very high levels of worry about illness, a  tendency to appraise their bodily symptoms as unduly threatening, harmful, or troublesome, and often think the worst about their health. Additionally, there is the presence of one or more distressing and significantly disruptive somatic symptoms.

          Somatic Symptom Disorder Symptoms Include: 

          Distress or disruption of daily life due to one or more somatic symptoms.

          Disproportionate and persistent thoughts about the seriousness of one’s symptoms. Persistently high level of anxiety about health or symptoms.

          Excessive time and energy devoted to these symptoms or health concerns

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