Famous Hypochondriacs

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  1. Ken Anderson

    Ken Anderson Veteran Member

    Jan 21, 2015
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    Hypochondriacs are people who are abnormally anxious about their health. Some famous hypochondriacs include...
    • Howard Hughes - As a boy, Howard Hughes suffered from an undiagnosed affliction that caused minor hearing loss. Because of this, his mother became obsessed with his health, and Hughes began to associate being sick with being loved. Subsequently, he was sick a lot. As an adult, his hypochondria was made worse by his legendary obsessive-compulsive disorder and mental health problems. He died as an eccentric recluse.
    • Adolf Hitler - Hitler was known for his aversion to germs and fear of illness. He is said to have examined his own feces on a regular basis, checking for consistency. Eventually, he took on a man known as Doctor Theodor Morell, a quack who put him on a steady regimen of amphetamines, which made him even more unpredictable.
    • Hans Christian Anderson - The children's author is said to have been so afraid of being buried alive that he slept with a note that read, "I only seem to be dead," so that he wouldn't be mistaken for a corpse.
    • Charles Darwin - Darwin was a bit of a mess. It is unknown just what he suffered from, but he was ill most of his life, and many believe that, while he may have suffered from at least one affliction, his condition was exaggerated by hypochondria.
    • Florence Nightingale - Beginning when she was 37 years old, the founder of the Red Cross spent more than fifty years as a bedridden, almost agoraphobic invalid. Some believe that she suffered from chronic brucellosis, which causes severe muscle and joint pain, but others believe that she was a hypochondriac who used physical symptoms to manipulate people and that she was likely bipolar.
    • Sara Teasdale - The poet was raised by an overprotective mother who would send her daughter to bed at the first sign of a slight cough or sniffle. By the age of nine, she was fully convinced that she was simply a sickly person. Nearly every year, she would have to take a rest and convalesce at home, surrounded by blankets, medicine, and her writing materials.
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  2. Chris Ladewig

    Chris Ladewig Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2016
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    I know a few people that just like to have something wrong with them. They just look for health problems. I guess they like the attention it gets them. I'm just the opposite, I don't like to or even sometimes admit to being hurt or ill.
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  3. Frank Sanoica

    Frank Sanoica Very Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2016
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    My friend since high school, Charlie, still living in Chicago, is most definitely a hypochondriac. Add to it that his lady friend, Sandy, pressures him to go to the doctor for every minor hiccup. It seems that one or the other is visiting a doctor almost weekly. Charlie was born 5 days after I was. His illnesses (supposedly) have included prostate cancer (treated by the radioactive needles), kidney stones, treated chronically for about a year, colon polyps, eardrum problems (which required permanent "drains" implanted), and Lord knows what all else IO don't remember. Yet, he yearns to come out to AZ, and when here, swims out halfway across the mighty Colorado River, languishing in the cold water, as though the river beckons to him, even when he is away. If I attempted that feat, I would undoubtedly drown. Comparatively, though, my health issues are currently nil. Somehow, I feel many of the "aches and pains" complaints which build themselves up into (imagined) serious consequence, are part figments of overly active minds. For my part, I eat, enjoy it, walk, exercise, work at my restorations, eat, enjoy it, fight the bedeviling shoulder pain, enjoy my homemade wine, seek medical help only when I think it's absolutely necessary (like the past month or so, fever every day for 3 weeks!). BTW, the help sought, 2 hospital visits, 3 to the Dr., failed to reveal the source of the fever, but the last Dr. visit cured it. Cost? Hospital, ~$17,000. They sent me home with "sinusitis" (!!). Laughable.
  4. Patsy Faye

    Patsy Faye Veteran Member

    Nov 21, 2015
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    Very sad, such a waste of life in most cases
    Has to be a mental condition or as explained above - parent influence

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