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Question: How is hypochondriasis not a form of delusion? As title. Both are fixed false beliefs even after confronted with evidence to disprove this belief. So how is hypochondriasis not a form of delusion?

Answer: Hypochondriasis is when a person with an emotional disorder expresses their anxiety in physical symptoms. If you have bipolar, say, and you get headaches and an upset stomach, you would be expressing your emotional state through physical means. The physical state is real, although its etiology may be unconventional. Hypochondriasis is not to be confused with hypochondria, which is an obsessive need for attention through perceived illnesses. The illness is not really there, or is a grossly exaggerated obsession of a minor physical problem (believing you have encephalitis after a mosquito bite).

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