Hello and welcome to HealingWell and the A & P Forum.
Health worriers may be diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive
disorder or depression, or a number of other illnesses, but their condition is
really better defined by the mistaken ideas they have about how and why people
Similarly, they have Bad Ideas about drugs, doctors, and other
related matters. Bad Ideas are incorrect, but self-confirming, prejudices which
lead people to behave in ways that worsen their fears.
Treatment is directed to
changing these behaviors so that health worriers can see the world and
themselves more accurately. This kind of treatment is called
cognitive-behavioral, or exposure therapy. The underlying principle is
confrontation. It is necessary to confront one’s fears in order to overcome
them. This is not easy to do.
I have health anxiety but not to the extreme that it is OCD
unless it relates to medical issues already diagnosed. When you have a known disorder it is very
difficult to not worry and takes much willpower to stay in the moment, not
assuming the worst case scenario.
Stick with us as we are here to help and support you.
On another note, I have a son that lives in your area, beautiful country.
Looking forward to getting to know you better.