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F45.2 Hypochondriacal Disorder

The disorder is characterized by a persistent preoccupation and a fear of developing or having one or more serious and progressive physical disorders.

Patients persistently complain of physical problems or are persistently preoccupied with their physical appearance.

The fear is based on the misinterpretation of physical signs and sensations.

Physician physical examination does not reveal any physical disorder, but the fear and convictions persist despite the reassurance.

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