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Hypochondriasis is a disease which is easily hidden from view It is a somatoform disorder in which the patient pays intense attention to their body often misinterpreting conditions as a disorder It is difficult to know the prevalence and incidence of this disease because when a subject has it they are unaware of it believing that they simply have a medical disorder This is outlined well by Dr Russell Noyes in an article in Health Medicine Week Doctors dont do a very good job of recognizing hypochondriasis and they rarely diagnosis it but it is a real psychiatric disorder and source of distressOne of the reasons they fail to recognize hypochondriasis is that it comes in a disguised form - the patient presents physical symptoms and the doctor examines and finds no physical explanation then dismisses the patient The symptoms of this disorder are a strong fixation on their bodies often misinterpreting these to suggest a medical disorder of some kind The etiology of hypochondriasis is reactive as the patient reacts to events usually in their childhood which caused to form a self-concept as a sick person In a personal interview with Tina Bryant a women going through the process of recovery from this diagnosis I was told the following about the formation about this disease In my house people didnt do much around the house I was the oldest of six and sort of mothered my little brothers and the only time I ever got to skip out on chores was when I was sick Then my mom took over andI guess I just wanted to be sick all the time so I was Another theory about the etiology of this diagnosis was presented on AllPsych Online There are many who suggest that unconscious aggressive impulses are transferred to physical complaints Treatment of this disease is entirely psychological as there is no real biological problem The type of treatment best used is psychoanalysis
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