When it comes to dealing with the symptoms of illness, the level of concern ranges from those who ignore obvious signs of danger to those who anguish over the slightest of pain. In some cases, that pain may not even exist and forms the basis for someone that’s afflicted with hypochondria.
Patrick Mahony, a psychoanalyst who has deeply explored the work of the legendary Sigmund Freud, notes that Freud saw the problem as being that of a neurosis. Tying it in with the concept of narcissism because of the individual’s need to be a cause for concern of family and friend, he attributed it to a delusion.
Freud’s casual diagnosis didn’t come through a laborious research process according to Patrick Mahony. Instead, he gave the issue a minimal look since he didn’t see any way that psychoanalysis could deliver the type of results needed.
The onset of hypochondria usually comes about during a person’s teen years and is often connected to watching a loved one suffer from a particular illness or disease. At that young age, the idea of being able to get through a day without some inkling of pain or suffering is a foreign concept.
Going back two centuries, it’s probably not surprising to learn that sexism was an integral facet of the diagnosis of hypochondria during that period. Men that were determined to be suffering with this disorder had their treatment explored more deeply while women were simply cast into the bin of being a fragile hysteric.
Even now, the portrayal of a hypochondriac by actors usually focuses on tapping into the most humorous aspects that can be mined. That undermines the serious of the problem, which often has a debilitating effect on a person’s job prospects and social life.