1) A disease where a person thinks he or she has a major problem with their body that could put them in critical condition or even kill them.
2) An illness when people are scared something is wrong with them; 1 of 5 people suffer from it in the United States.
Katie had hypochondria so she was always scared that she had a major problem with her body.
the belief of illness when none is present. not being sick, but being uncool. you are not ill if you have hypochondria
lil wayne has hypochondria
The mental state wherein you're extremely paranoid of catching a disease you (probably) don't have.
John is such a hypochondriac. Whenever he has the sniffles, he thinks that he has an auto-immune deficiency.
1. a declaration made by medical professionals and blowhards
when faced with an illness
they can't decode with a quick once over or basic blood test. This conclusion is often reached once insurance benefits are maxed out, or even more rapidly if the person is uninsured or has an HMO. By assuring the patient that he or she does not actually suffer from the symptoms they visibly see and feel, these doctors
can dispense the coveted diagnosis
before moving on to the next obviously crazy
. This hypochondria declaration also helps distracted doctors maintain something sort of like integrity, because it's not like they didn't know or didn't try, and it's not that insurance companies suck or that it's sometimes hard to pinpoint a cause and treat it -- really, it's just the dirty, dirty patient's fault for being so darn kooky. Very similar to miserable women being perpetually diagnosed with hysteria
back in the day, except no one prescribes vibrators
for treatment anymore.
2. the default response of narcissists
who consider tho...