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nosophobia

 [nos″o-fo´be-ah]
irrational fear of sickness or of a specific disease.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

nos·o·pho·bi·a

(nos'ō-fō'bē-ă),
An inordinate dread and fear of disease.
Synonym(s): pathophobia
[noso- + G. phobos, fear]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

nosophobia

Morbid fear of becoming ill.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

nos·o·pho·bi·a

(nos'ō-fō'bē-ă)
An inordinate dread and fear of disease.
[noso- + G. phobos, fear]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about nosophobia

Q. I got a fear that this bipolar is a Long-Term Illness. Can anyone help me. Hi, I am Markell. I am a student of Prescott College. These days, I can realize some changes in me and in my behavior. My physician told me that I am affected by bipolar. I have heard very little about bipolar and don’t have a clear idea. I got a fear that this bipolar is a Long-Term Illness? Can anyone help me?

A. As of right now there is no cure for bipolar disorder, so yes it is a long term illness. Having said that it is a managable long term illness. Did your doctor just tell you that you are suffering from bipolar disorder and excuse you? Or are you being treated for Bipolar disorder? I think it would be benificial for you to ask to be referred to a psychiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat you. Psychiatrists have a broader understanding of the medications and treatments that are effective when dealing with a mental illness. Gp's or family doctors tend to know very little about specialized illness' and can only help so much. If you can get a referral to a mood disorder clinic that could assist you with getting help not only from a Psychaitrist but also a councellor and group theropy, the combination of treatments could be very benificial for you.
This illness is life long but it is also managable. with the right support and medications you can lead a full and healthy life

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