Hypochondria is a killer anxiety disorder

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The anxiety disorder of hypochondria begets real, physical illnesses and can lead to an early death, so should be taken seriously.

...there’s a difference between the occasional appointment with Dr Google and long-term, serious anxiety over health. This persistent fear of an undiagnosed illness may lead to endless doctor’s visits, or the opposite: total avoidance of medical care. What if we’re not taking hypochondria itself seriously enough?

That’s the takeaway from a recent Swedish study that found that people with what is now called illness anxiety disorder may die earlier than others. It’s a disturbing finding that makes the disorder sound like a self-fulfilling prophecy. As one anxious observer put it: “It’s not enough just to have worries – now you have to worry about your worries.”

 

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Anxiety is real. I'm always compassionate with people with those challenges. Thanks for sharing this article and bringing more awareness to hypochondria and the anxiety it causes.
 

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Any condition of the mind can become debilitating, I recall after a major op in 2000 I was on morphine during recovery, I was having some very realistic hallucinations, can still remember over 20 years later how realistic they were. My wife insisted I came off the morphine and things returned to normal.

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I found that for me anxiety is societal. I've noticed that my anxiety has always - with no exception - been solely dependent on completely extranneous things with zero reference to anything. I could be sat at home for 3 years and in the final 2 months it's better arbitrarily. In a way those without stress relief are at the mercy of the environment.
 
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