It’s pathetic to think about – dying of a heart attack, stroke and aneurism all in the same week, and having Palpitations on top of it all. Welcome to my life, I should have put dying as an interest on my profile.
This is where I’ll keep track of my “episodes,” in hope of finding the common factors and eliminating this craziness altogether. I already have a few ideas of where it’s all stemming from and what the triggers are.I have spent years worrying about dying and my health,mostly because of lots of family members dying and alot of trips to the hospital.
For my first blog i thought i would begin with a definition of what it means, once a few facts have been published i will then let you into my mad world.
Hypochondriasis (or hypochondria, sometimes referred to as health phobia) refers to an excessive preoccupation or worry about having a serious illness. Often, hypochondria persists even after a physician has evaluated a person and reassured them that their concerns about symptoms do not have an underlying medical basis or, if there is a medical illness, the concerns are far in excess of what is appropriate for the level of disease. Many people suffering from this disorder focus on a particular symptom as the catalyst of their worrying.
Hypochondria is often characterized by fears that minor bodily symptoms may indicate a serious illness, constant self-examination and self-diagnosis, and a preoccupation with one’s body. Many individuals with hypochondriasis express doubt and disbelief in the doctors’ diagnosis, and report that doctors’ reassurance about an absence of a serious medical condition is unconvincing, or un-lasting. Many hypochondriacs require constant reassurance, either from doctors, family, or friends, and the disorder can become a disabling torment for the individual with hypochondriasis, as well as his or her family and friends. Some hypochondriacal individuals are completely avoidant of any reminder of illness, whereas others are frequent visitors of doctors’ offices. Other hypochondriacs will never speak about their terror, convinced that their fear of having a serious illness will not be taken seriously by those in whom they confide.
There is no official medical term for the opposite of hypochondria, the belief that one is well while really sick, although some have proposed using the term “hyperchondria” for it.