If you obsess about your health and imagine you have the symptoms of a disease (or diseases), you may well be a hypochondriac and should seek therapy.

The original Greek hypochondriakos referred to the region of the abdomen, an area that ancient doctors believed to be the seat of misery or melancholia. It stands to reason, then, that hypochondriacs are usually unhappy, simply because they always imagine they're sick.

Definitions of hypochondriac

n a patient with imaginary symptoms and ailments

Type of:
a person who requires medical care

adj suffering from hypochondria

neurotic, psychoneurotic
affected with emotional disorder

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