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Health Anxiety Hypochondria
Can health anxiety(hypochondria)cause u to imagine symptoms that arent there? keep thinking i have different diseases and then seem to notice symptoms
Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more
Does health anxiety(hypochondria) often start suddenly out of nowhere? I was never like this until about a month ago and now its always on my mind
Certainly possible: It's definitely possible to start all of a sudden. I'd suggest talking to a psychiatrist and psychologist about what is going on and ways in which you can start to gain control of these types of thoughts. Hope that helps and good luck! ...Read more
Ive heard health anxiety(hypochondria) is psychosomatic. What does this mean? What does psychosomatic mean?
Psychosomatic: Psychosomatic is a word that continues to evolve over time. It commonly refers to the exacerbation (or cause) of a physical dysfunction by the psyche. However, in practice, It really refers to the interaction that occurs (in both directions) between the mind and body in physical illnesses. Hope that helps! ...Read more
Which would be better to see for health anxiety(hypochondria) a psychiatrist or psychologist? Its gotten bad and i need my life back
What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist? Which would be the better one to see about health anxiety(hypochondria)?
Therapy vs meds: Speaking very generally, most psychologists hold either a PhD or a PsyD degree (I hold both) and practice psychotherapy. Psychiatrists hold either an MD or a DO degree, and they prescribe psychotropic medications, and generally do not do all that much therapy these days, but years ago psychiatrists would do both. If symptoms are severe, see the psychiatrist first. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will seeing a psychiatrist/psychologist cure my health anxiety(hypochondria)? Never was like this til about a month ago. And i want it to be gone
Variation is normal: If you're not sure if you have health anxiety, try taking this screening measure: https://wordsworthhealthcentre.gpsurgery.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/320/2014/11/Health-Anxiety-Inventory-HAI-18.pdf.pdf If you score above 31, you might consider getting it checked out professionally. Therapy can be very helpful for this problem! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have severe health anxiety and hypochondria, and I was wondering what I could do to soothe it without having to see a counselor or therapist. Ideas?
Do you want to get: over this or not? If you are serious about it - don't exclude the most effective treatment off the bat. 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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My health anxiety and hypochondria is out of control, new illnesses daily.Tried therapy, benzos make me depressed, scared of SSRIs. Any hope for me?
Does hypochondria(health anxiety) often start out of nowhere?I was never like this and then last month out of nowhere ive had thoughts of cancer & als
Acknowledge &; file: You can acknowledge these anxiety thoughts and say to yourself "OK. I am having them. Are they realistic?. Nope! . But they sure feel real. What if they happen in decades? Can I keep on working, loving, enjoying, learning for the decades then IF they ever or never arrive.?SURE! ". So give yourself permission to have these thoughts. Then file them away in a special place; and get on with life! ...Read more
My therapist said something about trying emdr therapy. How does this help with hypochondria/health anxiety?
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