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Can you get over hypochondria?

Postby Anomalous Cluster » Mon Sep 10, 2012 6:05 pm

I ask because I went through a time where every ache and pain, every pimple, every bad mood seemed to be evidence that something was seriously wrong with me. I worried endlessly about potential health problems. At times I hoped I would get diagnosed with cancer or something like it, because then at least I would know. All in all it was pretty bad, but then... it apparently stopped.

I think it had to do with studying things like the scientific method. Getting a more solid understanding of statistics.

My question is, is this something that could happen with hypochondria?
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Re: Can you get over hypochondria?

Postby Snaga » Sun Jan 11, 2015 2:27 pm

Well....... If it stopped I wouldn't pick it apart, or look a gift house in the mouth. Just be grateful it stopped. They say knowledge is power.... Once in a while.... Knowledge and logic win out. The closest I can relate is, while I remain a very anxious person, in my 20s I would get agoraphobia and full blown panic attacks. Once I had heard of them and knew what was likely going on, they lessened and I learned to suppress them. Only hangup I ever beat but it sounds close to what you describe.

Sometimes we just grow out of something. Happy to hear that doesn't plague you any longer.
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Re: Can you get over hypochondria?

Postby Eva S » Mon Jun 15, 2015 2:05 pm

Hi,

Instead of trying to cure something which is a part of the human condition, think about living with it in a way that can help you.

Find a balance; harness its cautionary benefits.

I'm glad to hear you're in a better frame of mind, but hypochondria isn't something that can be cured as such.

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Re: Can you get over hypochondria?

Postby Ada » Mon Jun 15, 2015 5:52 pm

Eva S wrote:I'm glad to hear you're in a better frame of mind, but hypochondria isn't something that can be cured as such.

Welcome to the forum, Eva. :D It might be good to add "in my opinion" or "as I understand it" to the opinion above. We ask everyone to avoid giving diagnoses or medical opinions here. None of us are here in a professional capacity ;) So that makes it clear that it's just what you think.
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Re: Can you get over hypochondria?

Postby Eva S » Mon Jun 22, 2015 4:40 pm

Ada wrote:
Eva S wrote:I'm glad to hear you're in a better frame of mind, but hypochondria isn't something that can be cured as such.

Welcome to the forum, Eva. :D It might be good to add "in my opinion" or "as I understand it" to the opinion above. We ask everyone to avoid giving diagnoses or medical opinions here. None of us are here in a professional capacity ;) So that makes it clear that it's just what you think.


Sorry if I came across as arrogant... I know how annoying that can be. Even though I'm not here in a professional capacity, I am a medical professional who has specialized in hypochondria for over 20 years. I didn't want to parade my qualifications in order to take part in the forum, but I guess I reverted to speaking from my point of view as a medical professional.

The thing is it really isn't about my opinion. I have no interest in opinions, not even my own. I'm more concerned with learning about the underlying reality of conditions.

Sorry for not tempering my language. I guess anyone can make a mistake
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