Hypochondriasis is a persistent fear of having a serious medical illness.
Hypochondriacs experience extreme anxiety from the bodily responses most people take for granted. For instance, they may be convinced that something as simple as a sneeze is the sign they have a horrible disease.
Symptoms of hypochondriasis include:
- clinical distress;
- preoccupation with having a serious illness;
- persistent fear despite medical reassurance;
- misinterpretation of body symptoms.
Risk factors for the condition may include:
- having a tendency toward being a worrier;
- having a parent with a serious illness;
- having a serious childhood illness;
- history of abuse as a child;
- a time of major life stress.
List Of 9 Famous People With Hypochondria:
#1 Lady Gaga
She is a popular world pop icon, known for songs like ‘Poker Face.’ Lady Gaga became the first recording artist in history to have three singles sold over 4 million copies each online.
Gaga said during an interview:
“Lupus is in my family and it’s genetic, and it’s funny, ’cause my mother told me the other day that my fans were quite worried about me, because I did talk about the fact that I was tested for lupus.”
”And the truth is, I don’t show any signs, any symptoms of lupus, but I have tested borderline positive for the disease. So as of right now, I don’t have it. But I do have to take good care of myself.”
#2 Kendall Jenner
Jenner first began modeling at the age of 14, signing with Wilhelmina Models. According to Forbes’ list, she is on No. 3 spot on the world’s highest-paid models.
On an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kendall Jenner declared:
“Since I was a kid, I’ve always been a hypochondriac. I’ve always been the worst hypochondriac. But now I have to try and be a big girl.”
#3 Andy Warhol
He was one of the most prolific and popular artists of his time, using both avant-garde and highly commercial sensibilities. His drawings were typically decorative, comic, and whimsical. Furthermore, their tone is entirely different from the impersonal and cold mood of his Pop art.
When Andy was in 3rd grade he developed chorea, an abnormal involuntary movement disorder.
He became a hypochondriac and developed a fear of doctors and hospitals. Warhol was frequently ill and this made him an outcast in school.
On June 3rd, 1968, Valerie Solanis came into The Factory and shot Warhol 3 times in the chest. Andy was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, however, after having his chest cut up and been given heart massage, he survived.
He died in Manhattan at 6:32 a.m. on February 22, 1987, at age 58.
#4 Charles Darwin
He was an English geologist, naturalist, and biologist, who is best known for his contributions to the science of evolution.
On November 24, 1859, Charles Darwin published a detailed explanation of his theory in his best-known work – ”On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.”
Charles struggled with hypochondria during his life and he began to take long walks and eat healthier.
”I was troubled with palpitations and pain about the heart, and like many a young ignorant man, especially one with a smattering of medical knowledge, was convinced that I had heart disease. I did not consult any doctor (…)”
Darwin died at his family home, Down House, in London, on April 19, 1882.
#5 Florence Nightingale
She was a philosopher of modern nursing and social reformer.
While attending to the sick and injured in the field during the Crimean War, Florence fell ill with what would be known as “Crimean fever.” Nightingale believed that she had only a short time to live.
#6 Kim Kardashian
She is an actress, reality TV personality, socialite, model, and businesswoman. In 2015, Kim was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people.
While being on the beachside lunch with her friend Jonathan Cheban, Kim Kardashian said:
“I’ve been having anxiety lately [about] every last thing. Like even driving here, I tried to drive not all the way on the freeway because what happens if a car flips over and hits me? I think of every freak accident.”
#7 Lena Dunham
She is an American actress who rose to prominence with her roles in TV series like Scandal, Adventure Time, and so on. But, Lena is best known as the writer, creator, and star of the series Girls, for which Dunham has won two Golden Globe Awards and received numerous Emmy Award nominations.
During a talk with Dr. Ann Marie Albano of New York-Presbyterian’s Youth Anxiety Center, Lena shared her own history with anxiety, that included:
- obsessive-compulsive behavior, that included feeling up statues at museums;
- hypochondria, that resulted in her pestering her third-grade teacher every day with a new symptom (“My eye is yellow. Do you think it’s jaundice?”);
- separation anxiety – her dad would have to hide from her when he was near her school, so as not to set off what she called “school refusal.”
#8 Abigail Breslin
She is an American singer and actress. Abigail appeared in her first film, Signs (2002), at the age of 5.
Breslin was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film ”Little Miss Sunshine.” Abigail is the younger sister of actors Spencer Breslin and Ryan Breslin.
Abigail Breslin always had a fear that she was ill even though she never was.
#9 Angelina Jolie
She is an Oscar-winning actress, humanitarian, movie director, and global celebrity.
Angelina played lead roles in films such as:
- Mr. & Mrs. Smith;
- Lara Croft: Tomb Raider;
In 2013, Angelina had a radical double mastectomy. Why? Because she went through genetic counseling that showed that she had a gene which puts her at high risk for ovarian and breast cancer.