Nosophobia

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Nosophobia
Classification and external resources
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ICD-10 F45.2
ICD-9-CM 300.29
Patient UK Nosophobia
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Nosophobia is the irrational fear of contracting a disease, a type of specific phobia. Primary fears of this kind are fear of contracting pulmonary tuberculosis, venereal diseases, cancer, and heart diseases.

Some authors have suggested that the medical students' disease should accurately be referred to as "nosophobia" rather than "hypochondriasis", because the quoted studies show a very low percentage of hypochondriacal character of the condition.[1]

The word nosophobia comes from the Greek νόσος nosos for "disease".

See also

References

  1. Hunter R.C.A, Lohrenz J.G., Schwartzman A.E. "Nosophobia and hypochondriasis in medical students" J Nerv Ment Dis 1964;130:147-52. PMID 14206454