Good Morning Max,
I agree with Denise - she knows what she is talking about
I see you have 6 threads on the front page and it feels to me like your health anxiety is spiking as you wonder and worry about things re your health.
While it is wise to be aware of how you are dong
physically, it is actually not helpful to pay close attention to your body at
all times. This is because your body
naturally fluctuates during the day and at night, and overtime. Thus noticing every little change provides
very little useful information. And worse - any change that is noticed is
worried about, and as worry increases, physical changes and symptoms tend to get
worse, and as this happens, checking and monitoring increases even more. In other words, checking and monitoring your
body feeds into the vicious cycle of health anxiety.
People with Health Anxiety are likely to seek
reassurance about their health from their Dr. and in many cases are told that
nothing is wrong. This quickly makes
them feel better. But...it doesn't take
long until the anxiety returns. The reassurance doesn’t last. The reassurance
doesn't last. And the vicious cycle
A question for you to think about : How
much reassurance would it take to make you stop worrying about your health
It may be difficult to come up with a precise
answer. This is because seeking
reassurance is a strategy that doesn't work well in the long term. No amount of
reassurance is enough to convice you in any lasting way that nothing is
Remember the purpose of helping you to learn to cope
with your health anxiety is not ot make the symptoms disappear - it is to help
you become less worried about your health.
We have a great Anxiety and Panic forum with many members who have Health Anxiety. Do feel comfortable posting about your health anxiety in the A & P Forum as the members are wise and caring. They will be able to help you learn new ways to deal with your worries.
If the sun is shining where you are please do go outside and soak up a few warming rays and remember that you are OK. We have your back.
~~Kitt~~Moderator: Anxiety, Osteoarthritis,
GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease. www.healingwell.com"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
It's about learning how to dance in the rain."~ Vivian Greene