It is estimated that millions of people in the U.S. suffer from imaginary illnesses, including a rise in recent years in food intolerances. Are we really a nation of hypochondriacs?
The “worried well,” it would appear, are everywhere: An estimated one in four physician appointments is taken by a healthy person.
But while the popular view of the hypochondriac is the patient who instantly declares a cold to be flu, those who suffer from health anxiety, as it is now more sympathetically named, rarely concern themselves with such mundane conditions. For those with health anxiety every twinge can be the latest symptom of a terminal disease. Anxiety exacerbates any ache they have so that their pain becomes real and potentially debilitating.
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