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Hypochondriasis Causes & Risks


It is often difficult to identify a specific cause. Often a childhood or prior serious illness, or illness of a loved one can lead to hypochondria.

Risk Factors

A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition. Risk factors for hypochondria include:

  • Family history of hypochondria
  • Psychiatric disorders such as depression , anxiety, or personality disorder
  • Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse in childhood
  • Witnessing violence in childhood
  • Stressful experience with your own or a loved one's illness
  • Alcoholism

Brain—Psychological Organ

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Chemical imbalances and traumatic life experiences may contribute to the development of hypochondria.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2022 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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