When Medical Anxiety Goes Too Far

People get sick, fall ill, become infected with pathogens and only have moments when they don’t feel well. For the most part, there can be a number of reasons why this is real. Viruses, bacteria, neurological pathogens, chemical imbalances in the body and a physical and mental overload of the body can be called causes. It is natural, therefore, that people feel anxiety and fear about the thought of illness and disease. However, getting involved in the possibility of the disease in such a way that even the smallest changes in the body are interpreted as a disease is a disease in itself.

Hypochondria is a disease disorder characterized by excessive fear of the possibility of a disease, usually with a view to a specific disease. This problem can also lead to someone consulting several doctors and switching from one to the other. Such behavior can sometimes be based on the assumption that the hypochondriac is ill and even interprets minor things as symptoms. However, the reality is that the body has no disease, so no doctor can find the signs of the “disease” that the hypochondriac claims to be ill. When confronted with this diagnosis, the hypochondriac, of course, finds it unacceptable and switches to another doctor, hoping that the next person will recognize his problem and prescribe the appropriate treatment.

This excessive medical anxiety naturally brings with it a number of side effects, a large number of which are uncomfortable. In some cases, tense relationships can be particularly pronounced, especially if the hypochondriac in question believes that others around him are potential carriers of the pathogens they are concerned about. Social interaction can also be a problem when this fear prevails, mainly due to the fact that the hypochondriac is increasingly unwilling to make physical contact and sometimes shows extreme fear of the prospect of close contact with another person. Many of them develop the inability to accept the fact that they are not really sick, even if they are assured by several medical professionals that this is the case. In other cases, they are so afraid of the prospect of discovering their concerns as true that they do not see a doctor to avoid this.

However, the side effects and intensity of hypochondria can vary from patient to patient. Some of these patients may show the behavior mentioned above and switch from doctor to doctor hoping to find one who is ready to confirm their concerns. Others live in fear of the possibility of being told that they are sick and, whenever possible, avoid going to any kind of doctor’s office. Some can be relieved by a placebo that resembles the actual medication used for the pathogen they fear to have infected. Finally, there are other cases of low intensity, in which the concerns and fears are more hidden and only an ongoing concern is in the back of the mind. Regardless of the intensity, hypochondria is a serious condition that can cause a person to do things or take medication that they would not otherwise take.

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