Year: 1972 Source: Psychiatria Fennica, (1972), p.289-290 SIEC No: 19920836

The author hypothesizes that hypochondria mostly tends to prevent suicide. He argues that suicide implies destruction of the body. This being the case, the hypochondriac who feels himself threatened by a serious disease does not need to bring about the destruction of his own body. The feared hypochondrical threat & the wished suicidal threat are viewed as the opposites of each other. Only when hypochondriac fear charnges into paranoid certainty will suicide ensue. (5 refs.)