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  • The Internet is a hypochondriac’s best friend.
  • She seemed to have a one-track vocabulary, like Lou Ann’s hypochondriac mother-in-law, though fortunately Turtle’s ran to vegetables instead of diseases.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • With tendencies toward hypochondria?
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Not only that: Trey was inconsiderate, and selfish, and given to hypochondria.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread

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  • Because of the problems of weight and volume involved, I had brought only what I considered essential books with me; few in number, they included The American College Dictionary, Roget’s Thesaurus, my collection of John Donne, Oates and O’Neill’s Complete Greek Drama, the Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy (essential to my hypochondria), the Oxford Book of English Verse and the Holy Bible.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Or, rather, I was seeing it but in a wholly different way: not the ecstatic prodigy; not the mystic, the solitary, heroically quitting the concert stage at the height of his fame to retreat into the snows of Canada —but the hypochondriac, the recluse, the isolate.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • He accepted it unhesitatingly-the man was a slight hypochondriac.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • He’s an absolute hypochondriac!
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Pierre no longer suffered moments of despair, hypochondria, and disgust with life, but the malady that had formerly found expression in such acute attacks was driven inwards and never left him for a moment.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I exclaimed, seized with hypochondriac foreboding.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre

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  • Yes, I have the spleen, complicated with melancholy, with homesickness, plus hypochondria, and I am vexed and I rage, and I yawn, and I am bored, and I am tired to death, and I am stupid!
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • This was not because he was cowardly and abject, quite the contrary; but for some time past he had been in an overstrained irritable condition, verging on hypochondria.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • This whale is not dead; he is only dispirited; out of sorts, perhaps; hypochondriac; and so supine, that the hinges of his jaw have relaxed, leaving him there in that ungainly sort of plight, a reproach to all his tribe, who must, no doubt, imprecate lock-jaws upon him.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • For me at least—in the circumstances then surrounding me—there arose out of the pure abstractions which the hypochondriac contrived to throw upon his canvass, an intensity of intolerable awe, no shadow of which felt I ever yet in the contemplation of the certainly glowing yet too concrete reveries of Fuseli.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • His way of dealing with his memories had seemed to be hypochondria.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • She chanced to be seen by Odintsov, a very wealthy man of forty-six, an eccentric hypochondriac, stout, heavy, and sour, but not stupid, and not ill-natured; he fell in love with her, and offered her his hand.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • He was reputed to be a hypochondriac and a deeply paranoid, frustrated man.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • The woman must be a ghoul as well as a hypochondriac.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • They tend to develop hypochondria in medical school and, once they get over it, if they do, tend to think they’re invulnerable.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Neither seemed aware that the Duke should first have paid his respects to Mrs. Lovell Mingott and Mrs. Headly Chivers, and the Countess have conversed with that amiable hypochondriac, Mr. Urban Dagonet of Washington Square, who, in order to have the pleasure of meeting her, had broken through his fixed rule of not dining out between January and April.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • A well-versed hypochondriac could probably list every one.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • I replied that I was not a hypochondriac; so they called me Ignoramus and went their way.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • His grumpy silence of other days, his sardonic humour, gave place to hypochondriac complainings and outbursts of fierce temper.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • In Adam’s book, a number under ten on the outpatient card identified a hypochondriac more accurately than any test Ghosh might do.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • It can’t explain how it feels, though on the other hand it can’t lie, build up its symptoms, or indulge in the pleasures of hypochondria.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • There is your father, entirely absorbed in his books, and his gout; there is your Uncle Vanya with his hypochondria, your grandmother, and finally, your step-mother— SONIA.
    Anton Chekhov  --  Uncle Vanya
  • When he used his handkerchief, he found red traces of blood, but he did not have the energy to think much about it, although he was easily inclined to worry about himself and tended by nature to play the hypochondriac.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • He had fallen asleep after a while, but not for long, and had awaked in a state of violent hypochondria which had ended in his quarrel with Hippolyte, and the solemn cursing of Ptitsin’s establishment generally.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • So long as Colin shut himself up in his room and thought only of his fears and weakness and his detestation of people who looked at him and reflected hourly on humps and early death, he was a hysterical half-crazy little hypochondriac who knew nothing of the sunshine and the spring and also did not know that he could get well and could stand upon his feet if he tried to do it.
    Frances Hodgson Burnett  --  The Secret Garden
  • Hypochondria.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • (I hesitated, remembering a car we had had that was a hypochondriac.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • "Hypochondriac," she whispered to it.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  The Secret Hour
  • Hypochondriasis.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • "Wow," came a familiar voice, "Hypochondriac killed the cat."
    Scott Westerfeld  --  The Secret Hour
  • Whatever it was, it turned out to be no match for the mighty power of Hypochondriac.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  The Secret Hour
  • Even when he was young he was a hopeless hypochondriac, but now!
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • This is hypochondria, Jane.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • All that working upon a man half frantic with hypochondria, and with his morbid exceptional vanity!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Why, I know one case in which a hypochondriac, a man of forty, cut the throat of a little boy of eight, because he couldn’t endure the jokes he made every day at table!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • So I gave that old hubcap a thirteen-letter name, Hypochondriac, and psychokitty got burned.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  The Secret Hour
  • Your options are pretty much to let it spew out all the time like Deo, or try to suppress it, which is what my dad did, and I think it came out in his hypochondriasis, thinking he was dying all the time.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • They weren’t much to look at, and Dess had said that none was as formidable as the mighty Hypochondriac, but she had guaranteed they would light a fire under a darkling’s tail.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  The Secret Hour
  • That was the voice of ignorant hypochondria, which proved correct only as to infertility—though, to be sure, completely correct in that one point.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • He was a hypochondriac as well.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Now hypochondria is taking possession of me again.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The doctors of divinity bade me consider what I must do to save my soul; but I was not a spiritual hypochondriac any more than a bodily one, and would not trouble myself about that either; so they called me Atheist and went their way.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • I could not help thinking of the wild ritual of this work, and of its probable influence upon the hypochondriac, when, one evening, having informed me abruptly that the lady Madeline was no more, he stated his intention of preserving her corpse for a fortnight, (previously to its final interment,) in one of the numerous vaults within the main walls of the building.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • It was, however, the only book immediately at hand; and I indulged a vague hope that the excitement which now agitated the hypochondriac, might find relief (for the history of mental disorder is full of similar anomalies) even in the extremeness of the folly which I should read.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • I think those day visions were not dark: there was a pleasurable illumination in your eye occasionally, a soft excitement in your aspect, which told of no bitter, bilious, hypochondriac brooding: your look revealed rather the sweet musings of youth when its spirit follows on willing wings the flight of Hope up and on to an ideal heaven.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Simply because a poor student, unhinged by poverty and hypochondria, on the eve of a severe delirious illness (note that), suspicious, vain, proud, who has not seen a soul to speak to for six months, in rags and in boots without soles, has to face some wretched policemen and put up with their insolence; and the unexpected debt thrust under his nose, the I.O.U. presented by Tchebarov, the new paint, thirty degrees Reaumur and a stifling atmosphere, a crowd of people, the talk about the…
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
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Associated words [difficulty]:   hypochondria [6] , paranoid [2] , paranoid [2] , psychopathic [4] , post-traumatic stress (PTSD) [5] , narcissism [6] , sociopathic [6] , passive-aggressive [8] , schizoid [8] , ADHD [9] , antisocial personality disorder [9] , free-floating anxiety [9]
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