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Can hypochondria cause false symptoms?

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The answer is no. To the person with hypochondria (health anxiety), their anxiety and fear about having a serious medical illness is real...they are suffering emotionally. These are not false symptoms...these are real emotions.

Obviously, if you are asking this question, or searching for this question, then you need more education on how hypochondria develops, as explained in the following video:

answered Jan 23, 2016 by drcarlo (296,540 points)