How to Overcome Hypochondria

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Understand the symptoms of hypochondria. Misinterpretations of body sensations and a preoccupation with fears of having a serious disease despite no medical findings are the central characteristics of hypochondria.

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Visit a primary care physician with concerns. A person with hypochondria experiences distress based in belief that something is medically wrong. Undergo recommended testing procedures and talk about the results with your doctor.

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Follow recommendations for referrals to a psychiatrist or therapist for counseling. Some are resistant to referrals for mental health therapists. Seek professional help to assist in accurately diagnosing this condition and finding solutions.

Begin therapy with an open mind. Stress, anxiety and mood symptoms can be addressed through treatment. For example, cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on changing distorted thought patterns and learning new coping skills to manage stress and anxiety.

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Consider the use of pharmacological intervention for hypochondria, which may include antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication. Take medications as prescribed.

Tips and Warnings

  • Relax.Exercise regularly.Maintain healthy habits.Familiarize yourself with your body's reaction to life events, stress and emotional states
  • Worrying about your health can be normal. However, hypochondria is the over-the-top excessive preoccupation, obsession and anxiety about disease that has no medical basis. Hypochondria is a chronic condition and may cause significant distress or impairment in functioning. A diagnosis of hypochondria is made when the beliefs continue for at least six months. Sometimes, the secondary gain of having hypochondria is attention and concern from loved ones. A
    hypochondriac is usually aware that worries are unfounded but has difficulties controlling the anxiety.