F452 Hypochondriacal disorder

The essential feature is a persistent preoccupation with the possibility of having one or more serious and progressive physical disorders. Patients manifest persistent somatic complaints or a persistent preoccupation with their physical appearance. Normal or commonplace sensations and appearances are often interpreted by patients as abnormal and distressing, and attention is usually focused upon only one or two organs or systems of the body. Marked depression and anxiety are often present, and may justify additional diagnoses.

Body dysmorphic disorder Dysmorphophobia (nondelusional) Hypochondriacal neurosis Hypochondriasis Nosophobia

Excludes: delusional dysmorphophobia ( F22.8 )

fixed delusions about bodily functions or shape ( F22.- )

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