What is somatic symptom disorder?
Somatic symptom disorder -- which used to be called hypochondria -- is when you have excessive and unrealistic worries about your health. You're very worried about getting a disease or are sure you have one, even after medical tests show you don't.
You often think minor health problems or normal body functions are symptoms of a serious disease. For example, you're sure your headaches are caused by a brain tumor.
The symptoms associated with somatic symptom disorder aren't under your control. And they can cause great distress and can interfere with a person's life.
Somatic symptom disorder can happen at any time of life, but most often begins in early adulthood. It affects men and women equally.
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