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Hypochondriasis

(affectio hypochondriaca, melancholia flatuosa, melancholia nervea, passio hypochondriaca, vapors)

When a patient remains preoccupied with the fear that they have a serious medical illness despite the fact that medical evaluation has ruled out such an illness, this Somatoform Disorder can be diagnosed. Although the belief is not of delusional intensity, attempts at reassurance fail.

Old criteria for this diagnosis.

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