Thanks AK and Maz.
Sam you are a good example of how to get past the health anxiety and the constant worrying about your health.
You chose a therapy and have worked you way through. You have reduced the drama in your life by learning to deal with the thoughts and get on with the living.
Here are a few tips for dealing with friends/family with Health Anxiety:
Steer the conversation. Hypochondriacs often monopolize conversations with discussion of their illness. Change the topic by bringing up something unrelated to physical conditions.
Post Edited (stkitt) : 1/13/2009 3:25:57 PM (GMT-7)
Post Edited (Jen77) : 1/13/2009 4:37:11 PM (GMT-7)
Oh Nikki, i am SO sorry you feel this way! it was never our intention to hurt anyone, rather to educate people about stuff they may be battling. please dont take it personally, it was truly intended to be educational, nothing more. no pointing fingers at people or trying to bring you down.
I really am sorry you feel hurt. You know cowboy and me would never post something that was mean or nasty- its just that people have been asking about the difference between health anxiety and hypochondria, so we thought we would help them out. i am truly sorry you have been upset by this. now im sad!
really- im sorry this has hurt you. you know i love you.
AND my dear sweet friend, you are NOT a drain on anyone. dont you ever think that. you are amazing and helpful and supportive. you are NOT a drain, you are a blessing.
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Nikki its ok! please dont feel you have to apologise, its ok, i understand i promise. dont feel bad or silly. you have every right to have a vent! its hard sometimes to keep emotions in check, i completely understand, i was scared that you were angry with me, and i didnt want that cos you know i love you!! heaps!!!
please dont stress, its all ok, you are awesome! and you are doing a great job of kicking your health anxiety, like with your earache, going to your doc, not the er, and taking your meds and doing lucinda bassett- you are kicking butt!
Just a gentle reminder, we are here to heal from our own personal demons and we have tried to incorporate as many of the different anxieties as we can into one small forum..........
We have the phobias, the anticipatory anxiety, the anger management, the health anxiety, the addictions and the low self esteems, and my favorite, the over sensitive which is major with me. But I know I own the problem and I have to read the advice from the loving and caring members who are just providing and sharing info.
No one is pointing fingers but there is a time to talk about what the disorder is about and how we can help members deal with the problems.
My dear Nikki, I over reacted the other day when I got only a few responses to my anticipatory anxiety thread re my new job, my sister, and how sad I was feeling. But it was not that people did not care it was the thread was just one among many that day and did not get much attention.
I was ready to turn tail and run as I felt I was invisible to the members but that was my stinkin thinkin kicking in. I was feeling very alone and just wanted someone to care. But hey I made it and later I received wonderful comments.
None of us would be here if we did not have an anxiety problem. You are doing a great job and AK and Maz were providing education to help members understand the Health Anxiety better.
So everything is fine and no needs for anymore apologies from anyone. No one did anything wrong.
I get to say that as I am the elder of our family.........
I will try to be on in morning but long day tommorow.
Hugs to all of you and lets keep working with the positive and eliminate the negative.
Hey Nikki...........just what kind of nut are you so I will recognize you when I see a nut walking toward me on the street. Try to avoid the members with allergies to peanuts and tree nuts............
Speaking of ER if you are feeling you have a true emergency then go into the ER, if you think it may just be anxiety, try your tools you have learned first to get it under control. Never feel ashamed for going to the ER even if your dx is not life threatening. Be safe.
You are all unique and wonderful.