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22 November 2010

Hypochondria: a serious condition

Hypochondria is a serious mental health issue that may not be taken seriously by many people, however it is becoming more problematic with time.

"Oh no, it's him (or her) again!" probably goes through many a doctor's mind when a patient is soon back in the examining room with more mysterious symptoms. A week earlier they may have been intense chest pains from a suspected heart attack, and now a headache that could be signalling a brain tumour.

As Maria Gropalis, psychologist at the Psychological Institute of the University of Mainz, put it, hypochondriacs' interpretation of their symptoms goes off in the wrong direction.

 
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