Complications of hypochondria can include:

  • Health risks associated with unnecessary medical procedures
  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Excessive anger and frustration
  • Substance abuse

Hypochondria can be overwhelming and disabling. You may become so obsessed with finding a cause for your physical symptoms that it affects your daily life. You may frequently miss work or school. Your health may be all that you can think about or talk about, which can frustrate family and friends. Common problems linked to hypochondria include:

  • Work or school problems
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Strained relationships with your health providers
  • Financial problems related to medical costs
Nov. 23, 2010