Discussions from 'Health Anxiety' (Hypochondriasis) Reassurance - HA Sufferers ONLY
Dr. GoogleLook at all the health shows on TV now. Dr. Oz for one. I don't even watch those because I know what it will do. We have to teach ourselves that using Google or watching any of those shows will only do us harm. It's like sticking metal into a outlet. You know it's going to give you one heck of a shock so we don't do it.
How did your health anxiety begin?My health anxiety slowly began on a dreadful oct 1st 2012. I was in a minor hit and run accident and was diagnosed with minor whiplash injury. October all the way to December, got tired of neck pain...but still managing well. December of 2012 my mother was diagnosed with cancer and my life has not been the same since. I have the biggest fear that I too will get cancer. I've been dealing with headaches, neck pain, dizziness, numbness, tingling, lump in throat...numerous doctor visits, specialist visits, and ER visits (and a good heafty bill). Anxiety is the known diagnosis. I hate hearing of someone with an illness because immediately I begin to think I have the same thing. I'm constantly googling illnesses which needs to stop, but easier said than done. Im now on prozac which helps, but I still have thoughts and fears of having brain cancer, MS, etc....I feel embarrased and guilty to admit this...as I feel I'm somehow disrespecting those individuals that are in fact suffering from these illnesses. Prayers and blessings to us all!
Do you think media is to blame for the reason Health Anxiety is such a generally misunderstood disorder?Yeah unfortunately I have to admit growing up - due to social media and the such- I associated "crazy" to "hypochondriac". I feel bad about it now , a little education goes a LOGN way - and nothing is a better teacher than going through it yourself.