You might know someone (or be someone) who is always worried about being sick or contracting some horrible disease. We joke about hypochondriacs, but it’s a very real condition that can affect the lives of those with the condition and those who love them.
Imagine you’re experiencing unsettling heart palpitations. Despite every imaginable test, the results consistently return negative. Nada. Nothing! A huge relief, right? Well, not for everyone. Instead of relief, many feel disbelief, insisting that something is terribly wrong.
The term “hypochondriasis” is a medical term that is often misunderstood and has negative connotations. However, when properly used, hypochondriasis is another way to label the experience of having intense worries and fears about disease that persist despite the constant reassurance from medical staff and testing. Continue Reading…