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[vc_row][vc_column][woodmart_title size=”large” font_weight=”700″ style=”underlined” woodmart_css_id=”6164ec8f79ccb” title=”Believing you are sick can lead to real health problems” title_width=”100″][vc_column_text text_larger=”no”]This health problem usually results in imaginary symptoms that can cause serious damage to physical, mental and social health. A hypochondriac requires immediate psychological medical attention.

Believing that you are sick is the bridge to many mental and body problems.

Hypochondria is a mental health problem, characterized by believing that you are suffering or have a disease, by the simple fact of feeling one or more symptoms that in most cases are “invented” or exaggerated.

This problem becomes very severe since it affects the quality of life of those who suffer from it. Their families go through a great ordeal too, since they feel powerless and unable to help the patient.

Sometimes this problem occurs sporadically and at other times it is chronic, and it almost always appears when there are crises or periods of depression, loneliness, anxiety or stress. It is in these cases when the person does not know how to channel or manage such situations and feels an enormous need to attract attention. Such symptoms can also be a sign of schizophrenia.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row content_placement=”top” css=”.vc_custom_1490111230754{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/2″][woodmart_gallery images=”7138″ view=”grid” spacing=”30″ columns=”1″ lightbox=”yes” img_size=”450×700″ caption=”0″ lazy_loading=”no”][vc_column_text text_larger=”no”]Often this problem occurs in people who have had a real disease, for example, an asthmatic child is more likely to develop an imaginary problem with symptoms not related to asthma.

Other people take refuge in illness to attract attention, avoid responsibilities, postpone or avoid decisions, to get compassion from others or to keep someone by their side and to be the center of attention.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”7142″ img_size=”full” parallax_scroll=”no”][vc_column_text text_larger=”no”]The distorted interpretation of the physical symptoms weights heavily on their mind and their behaviors, that their quality of life is totally affected and they can present very dangerous “clinical” situations, or carry out actions such as self-medicating for anything, with the enormous risks that this entails, to carry out studies that by their nature represent a risk to themselves or to fall into intense depressions when feeling that they are on the verge of dying.

A person can be assumed to be a hypochondriac when he exhibits the following symptoms:

– The main topics of their conversations are diseases.

– After visiting a sick person, reading an article or watching a health program, they assume they have the same symptoms.

– When they develop bloating and abdominal discomfort, muscle cramps, headaches, excessive sweating and increased heart rate for no apparent reason.

– When they research medicines or any remedies for all kinds of diseases and buy them in order to test their effectiveness.

– When they consult several doctors, even after being told them that they do not suffer from any disease.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text text_larger=”no”]Hypochondria is a problem that occurs more frequently in men of in between 30 to 40 years of age, and in women between 30 to 40 years of age. There are children and young people who also suffer from it. Hypochondriacs are always thinking the doctor will tell them that they have something serious. It is hard for them to stay calm, because once the doctor tells them they are not sick, it doesn’t take long for them to soon begin to “feel” new symptoms.

Diagnosis is not easy, since they usually refer their symptoms in such detail in relation to the affected place, intensity of the discomfort and they even give supposedly exact times of when they started feeling “sick.”  To rule out any “real” problem, doctors have to carry out several examinations, studies and analyzes, when such tests don’t show anything serious, the hypochondriac patient reacts with doubt about the diagnosis and thinks the doctor is wrong. Families then must deal with the financial burden that comes with a hypochondriac visiting several doctors’ offices to get different opinions.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”7141″ img_size=”full” parallax_scroll=”no”][vc_column_text text_larger=”no”]The main problem is that ta hypochondriac’s entire life turns to be about health concerns and on being aware of any symptoms, signs or manifestations that “may” indicate some disease. They tend to excessively take care of themselves to avoid feeling worse and they always feel that they are not adequately diagnosed by doctors, so they consult many physicians as they annoy their family circle.

Hypochondriacs are very sensitive to physical pain, which is why a simple sting, blow or scratch, usually becomes a very negative event and torment, since they want everyone else to see their problem as very serious.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”7137″ img_size=”full” parallax_scroll=”no”][/vc_column][/vc_row]