“Look, I’m having trouble breathing. You don’t believe me. Nobody believes me. There are times when I can’t stop coughing.”
These are mental disorders in which psychological symptoms take a physical or somatic form, even though no physical causes can be found.
Hypochondriasis is a somatoform disorder in which the individual has a pervasive fear of illness and disease.
Conversion disorder is a somatoform disorder in which an individual experiences genuine physical symptoms, even though no physiological problems can be found.