Hi everyone, I am really curious about this question because I'm a psych major in college and I took a few classes on mental disorders especially focusing on schizo, OCD, and mood disorders. One thing that I noticed is that a lot of the symptoms of OCD coincide with the symptoms of hypochondria. In my textbooks, hypochondria is listed as a somatoform disorder; I understand why it's considered a somatoform disorder, because we really feel our symptoms even though nothing is happening in the body, but I feel like psychologists maybe need to look into a bit more.
Obsessions: Usually with chronic or terminal diseases/sicknesses, we have lots of uncontrollable thoughts about us getting a disease/dying/suffering
Compulsions: We engage in vigorous checking behaviors: going to doctors, doing self examinations, checking internet/books, asking reassurance from family, etc.
Anxiety: We fear the worst and engage in the compulsions to help ease our fears but that never usually works. Our obsessive thoughts cause us a lot of anxiety.
I'm only a psych major and I have a TON of things to learn, but maybe looking into hypochondria more will help therapists/doctors/people know how to help someone with it a bit better.
What do you all think?