Number of hypochondriacs

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How many hypochondriacs are there?

It is difficult to estimate

Everyone knows that Hypochondriasis or Hypochondria refers to excessive preoccupancy or worry about having a serious illness.  Hypochondrias is also called health phobia or health anxiety.  It is almost impossible to estimate the number of hypochondriacs in the world.  Not too many people know that in order to qualify for the diagnosis of hypochondria the symptoms must have been experienced for at least 6 months.  The main idea is that Hypochondria is often characterized by fears that minor symptoms may indicate a serious illness.


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