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hahy puh kondree uh

  • n  chronic and abnormal anxiety about imaginary symptoms and ailments
  • n  the upper region of the abdomen just below the lowest ribs on either side of the epigastrium

  • His natural hypochondria took the quirky turn of a boast: "I have headaches that are dandies.
  • Torn between reasonable fear and hypochondria, safety and overprotection, parents struggle to raise their children with some semblance of normalcywithout driving themselves .
  • Desperate for attention herself, the weak Cara subsides into a peevish hypochondria, keeps to her room and lets control of the school pass to Julie.
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  • When the Nation Has the Blahs …
    Is the nation suffering from a national case of hypochondria, or are Americans rightly worried about the country’s future? The answer depends, in part, on your (political) point of view. But it’s also true that every bit of good news — rising home prices, rising stock prices and an increase in federal tax revenues that improves Medicare’s short-term outlook — seems to be followed by a warning, a ...
    June 12, 2013 - The Rothenberg Political Report

  • James Boswell in Smithsonian
    Johnson, Boswell wrote, "felt himself overwhelmed with an horrible hypochondria, with perpetual irritation, fretfulness, and impatience; and with a dejection, gloom and despair, which made existence misery."
  • Jacques Attali in Ha'aretz
    I think there are three qualities that people believe are weaknesses, but which I believe are strengths: hypochondria, paranoia and megalomania,Attali says with a smile.

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