An article on hypochondria, the fear of having a disease. It is not uncommon for people to be worried about diseases and illnesses which they may or may not have. This type of thinking can become very problematic for some hypochondriacs as it can lead to trouble with relationships, school, work, and other aspects in their life. This brief goes over how hypochondriasis becomes problematic and what someone could do to help themselves.
How hypochondria becomes a serious problem
- Hypochondria is an obsessive fear of having a serious illness.
- Those who suffer from hypochondria may believe that they have symptoms that others couldn’t detect. They might also worry or obsess about physical symptoms. Some hypochondriacs check their body for symptoms by inspecting their skin, tongue, glands, and other tissues. Hypochondriacs may be afraid to leave home because they think they’ll get sick if they are outside for too long.
- Some hypochondriacs may look for information on the Internet about their fears, which experts refer to as cyberchondria or “cyber hypochondria.” This activity may lead them to believe that they have an illness. For example, someone with hypochondria who looks up headaches online might find a description of migraines. The hypochondriac might come to believe he or she has migraines.
- Hypochondria isn’t a disease, but rather a symptom of an underlying disorder such as depression or anxiety disorder. In hypochondria, the person often functions well despite the fears and worries about illness. When hypochondria is associated with another disorder, hypochondria may be considered a symptom of that disorder.
- In hypochondriasis, people think they have a medical problem even though there’s no evidence of disease. A person with hypochondriasis might worry excessively about minor or nonexistent aches and pains, fatigue, sleep problems, indigestion, or other digestive problems.
Causes of hypochondriasis
Do you worry about hypochondriasis? Wondering if it’s a problem for you? If so, hypochondria is a very real and serious condition. The American Psychiatric Association classifies it as one of the somatoform disorders, which are mental illnesses that cause physical symptoms. Hypochondriasis can be triggered by traumatic or stressful events such as accidents or wars. It can also result from other mental health problems like depression and anxiety disorder.
Ways to treat hypochondriasis
One of the best ways to treat hypochondriasis is hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy involves hypnosis to help someone stop constantly worrying about being sick. Hypnosis guides people in hypnotherapy to put themselves in a relaxed state where their subconscious mind can be accessed to replace any negative thoughts with positive ones.
Another way hypochondriasis is treated is with cognitive-behavioral therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, or CBT, is designed to change the thought process of hypochondriacs by focusing on anxiety triggers and changing beliefs so they are more positive.
Hypochondriasis is a serious problem that can take over someone’s life. In hypochondria, the person often functions well despite the fears and worries about illness. When hypochondria is associated with another disorder, hypochondria may be considered a symptom of that disorder. One way to treat hypochondriasis is through hypnotherapy or cognitive-behavioral therapy which helps change how one thinks about their anxiety triggers and beliefs so they are more positive in order to live healthier lives free from worry.