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negativity? there are some points in a day where i feel very negative about my health, assuming its hypochondria. what can i do to stop these thoughts

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Dr. Douglas Bey
56 years experience Psychiatry
Counselor?: That's an obvious answer--my thought is get into a workout program or martial arts & after a few months of vigorous exercise you may be convinced you are in pretty good shape! If that doesn't appeal go the obvious route!
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
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Dr. Douglas Bey
Dr. Douglas Bey commented
56 years experience Psychiatry
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I mentioned martial arts because for me it was fun--something you enjoy & doesn't feel like work! In college I wrestled which with premed courses kept me busy but I found I did the best academic work when I didn't have lots of free time to goof off!
Mar 1, 2015
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
This is very good advice. Just as something as simple as how we position ourselves at our desks and move there can make us sick, so can patterns of thinking. A physician or other specialist can help you with both -- pointing out ways you can help yourself be more efficient and happier.
Feb 28, 2015
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Cbt: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is often the most effective approach to treating hypochondria. Psychoeducation and exposure therapy have been used as well as treatment with antidepressant medications when warranted.
Answered on Apr 28, 2016

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