illness anxiety disorder

noun

plural illness anxiety disorders
: excessive concern and worry over a prolonged period of time about having or getting a serious illness despite a lack of physical bodily symptoms : preoccupation with one's usually normal bodily functions and sensations accompanied by the belief that they are signs of a serious or life-threatening medical condition
But if you're excessively worrying about your health—especially if you've seen your doctor and you've been tested or cleared of any issues―it might be worth speaking to a mental health professional. … Illness anxiety disorder, which is often referred to as health anxiety and hypochondria, is a very real condition that can be managed.Lindsay Holmes

called also hypochondria, hypochondriasis

compare somatic symptom disorder

Examples of illness anxiety disorder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Swedish researchers studied people with and without hypochondriasis — also known as illness anxiety disorder — a diagnosis given to people who are paranoid about being or becoming sick. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 25 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

2013, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of illness anxiety disorder was in 2013

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Cite this Entry

“Illness anxiety disorder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/illness%20anxiety%20disorder. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

illness anxiety disorder

noun
: excessive concern and worry over a prolonged period of time (as several months or more) about having or getting a serious illness despite a lack of physical bodily symptoms or the presence of only insignificant symptoms (as a rash or cough) : preoccupation with one's usually normal bodily functions and sensations accompanied by the belief that they are signs of a serious or life-threatening medical condition despite a normal medical examination, reassurance by a health-care professional, or negative test results

called also hypochondria, hypochondriasis

compare somatic symptom disorder
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