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Can I have a psychiatric problem as I always feel I may get some disease ?

I have always a thought that I would develop some deadly disease in that part of the body. This time I am feeling as though I will develop prostate cancer and feeling nervousness and stress in that area. I feel anxious in my penis area now. Can i really get prostate cancer? I am 15 and I am really worried. Is this a psychiatric problem?
Asked On : Sat, 28 May 2011
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Thanks for your query. The symptoms you are describing i.e preoccupation with developing a deadly disease is referred to as hypochondriasis, a form of anxiety disorder. Hence, i suggest that you undergo a thorough psychiatric evaluation so that suitable anti-anxiety medication and psychotherapy (eg cognitive behavioural therapy) can be started. Wish you good health.
Dr Sundar
Answered: Thu, 24 Jan 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Sujeet N Charugulla's  Response
Hey kid,

Get over the feeling of all that - calm down and relax.
Cancer does not occur overnight, it takes years.
You should worry only if you have symptoms, and I don't see that in your words in here.

Answered: Fri, 3 Jun 2011
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