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Question #15975 posted on 06/25/2005 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is it possible to be hypochondriatic about being a hypochondriac? Basically, I'm always worried I'm making up physical ailments (and frequently get told by doctors that they can't find technically nothing wrong with me and to "come back if the problem persists"). My sister tells me I'm just a hypochondriac, and I looked it up and it might apply to me... which just made me think of this catch-22.
Can one be wrong about diagnosing themselves as a hypochondriac, or is that action, by defination, hypochondriatic?

- Undiagnosable

A: Dear Undiagnosable,

We here at the Board are not doctors and hypochondria is a medical condition. People with this condition have their fears of disease or ill-being interfere with normal everyday function. Hypochodriacs are often treated with cognitive-behavioral therapy or with medication.

Tell your doctor you fear that you are a hypochondriac. They will help you from there.

-la bamba