illness anxiety disorder

noun
plural illness anxiety disorders

Definition of illness anxiety disorder

: 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

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2013, in the meaning defined above

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“Illness anxiety disorder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/illness%20anxiety%20disorder. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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illness anxiety disorder

noun

Medical Definition of illness anxiety disorder

: 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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