(Also Known As: Hypocondriasis Diagnosis, Hypochondriac Diagnosis, Hypocondriac Diagnosis, Somatoform Diagnosis, Obsessive Compulsive Diagnosis, Malingering Diagnosis, Hypochondriasis Dsm Diagnosis)
(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)
How is Hypochondriasis Diagnosed?
Hypochondriasis is diagnosed when a healthy individual with minor symptoms is busy with the importance of the symptoms and does not react to the reassurance of the doctor after conducting medical evaluation 5
Likewise, the diagnosis of hypochondriasis can be confirmed if the condition continues for a minimum of six months after a medical evaluation and a reassurance from the doctor. Hypochondriasis is also diagnosed if the prevailing symptoms cannot be attributed to depression or other mental health illnesses.
According to DSM-IV-TR, in order for an individual to be diagnosed with hypochondriasis, all the following criteria should be present:
The person must be preoccupied with the belief and worry of having a serious illness. The preoccupation must be based on exaggeration of physical symptoms or sensations.
Proper medical evaluation and reassurance that there is no existing disorder will not rule out the preoccupation.
The fear of illness must not be of delusional nature. Such kinds of thoughts are bizarre in nature. It should not be restricted to a concern about looks; excessive concerns that delve on defects in the way they look would be diagnosed as body dysmorphic disorder.
The preoccupation must have existed for a minimum of six months
The individual’s preoccupation with the illness must not just be a part of another disorder, such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, separation anxiety, major depressive disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, or another somatoform illness.
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