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hypochondriac!
January 21, 2011
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My nephew is a hypochondriac. He would make his mom take him to the doctor, complaining of headaches and actually vomitting. He also complains of nausea. They've been to the doctor many times and each time there was nothing wrong with him. How do you deal with hypochondriasis???

January 22, 2011
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Well, since hypochondria is mental and not physical I would think some kind of counseling would be beneficial. Your sister should ask the family doctor for a referral to a therapist who deals with these kinds of issues. If left untreated, he could end up as an adult who has a hard time functioning in every day life.

January 22, 2011
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Are they sure this is hypochondria? Something like a headache would be difficult to be able to say whether the pain actually exists or not. If he is vomiting from the pain, I would be inclined to think he is actually having severe head pain and the doctor is just unable to find the *cause*. To me, this would be different from hypochondria.

On the other hand, if the child really keeps complaining about things that aren't really wrong, then counseling might, indeed, be in order.

January 23, 2011
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I would go get a second opinion first before I just wrote it off as the child being a hypochondriac.  Sometimes doctors make mistakes and miss things, boy would hate for something to be really wrong and do nothing about it.

 

If they go to another doctor and nothing is found, then counseling might work.

January 23, 2011
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I'd like to know more about this too.  My wife has a milder form of this.  She likes to get into medical web sites and read more about diseases and illnesses and then for the next few days, she worries about having the disease.  Once, she was convinced she had cervical cancer when in reality she only had her period!

January 24, 2011
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I would also wonder if there isn't something wrong. The boy is giving and exhibiting real symptoms, and it's not changing.  The last poster who commented about reading a website and being convinced that's what you have and then next week it's something else, that's a hypochondriac.  The same thing with actual symptoms, something physical is going on and needs checking into.

January 24, 2011
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For years I felt like I must be a hypochondriac and then finally I found the right doctor. It turns out I have migraines, copd, anxiety, sleep apnea, arthritis and fibromyalgia to name a few. I also have kidney stone disease which is another one that the doctor's sent me home not finding anything until I found the right doctor. So I agree with some of the others you should get a second and possibly a third opinion before you write it off as nothing.

January 24, 2011
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remembrance said:

I'd like to know more about this too.  My wife has a milder form of this.  She likes to get into medical web sites and read more about diseases and illnesses and then for the next few days, she worries about having the disease.  Once, she was convinced she had cervical cancer when in reality she only had her period!


That's quite unique... but it's one of those factors that is said to cause hypochondria.  It's called cyberchondria. 🙂
January 24, 2011
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I would reiterate here that you just don't disregard a hypochondriac. To deal with them effectively, you have to understand how they think and feel. Remember that to them, their imagined sickness and worry is VERY REAL. They think that a slight headache means that they have brain tumors. And some, even if they insist on going to the doctor, actually feels anxious in the presence of one, or when they're inside a hospital or clinic.

January 25, 2011
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You might also check if the person is not delusional.  Sometimes the concerns and preoccupation with having a disease is actually a delusion disorder, not hypochondriasis!

January 25, 2011
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For most sufferers, you only need to reassure them that they're fine.  My neighbor needs to be told that she's healthy by friends and family.  If not, she goes to a doctor and seems to be okay when the doctor gives her the reassurance.

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