This mental disorder increases the risk of death by 84%


12/30/2023 10:44

A study published in JAMA Psychiatry found that people with hypochondria have an increased risk of premature death from all causes, including unnatural causes.

Swedish scientists analyzed data on 4,129 hypochondriacs over 24 years and found that their risk of death was 84% ​​higher than those without the disorder. This risk extends to natural and unnatural causes, including suicide.

Hypochondria how a neurotic disorder is accompanied by excessive anxiety about one’s health. Doctors also noted that hypochondriacs often have other psychiatric diagnoses, such as depressive and anxiety disorders.

It is emphasized that constant stress caused by fear for health seriously affects the lives of people with hypochondria. Stigmatization of the disorder and sometimes symptoms being ignored by doctors also make the situation worse. Psychiatrists conclude that society has significant work to do to improve support for people with hypochondria in the health care system.

Author Oleg Loginov

Oleg Loginov – student at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, freelance correspondent for Pravda.Ru

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