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Could this be hypochondria?

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Brad156

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So since I've been a late teenager I have been a bit of a hypochondriac. I've had heart tests done with cardiologists because I thought I had a heart problem. I've had in depth stomach tests done because I thought I had a serious stomach condition. And the worst of all and most recent one was I fully convinced myself that I had a terminal brain tumor all because I was having minor tension headaches that wouldn't go away, I literally researched these for days and knew all the symptoms and eventually started convincing myself that I had "swelling in my eyes, bad balance, small twitches in my body and all this ended up convincing myself my life was over and I would die. I would cry in the shower for hours. Well the CT scan came back completely normal. However, since that "incident" I've noticed I have been carrying some extra anxiety with me for the last 6 months or so. And now it seems like my next hypochondriac fixation is that I have some sort of mental illness like depression, panic disorder, brain chemical imbalance issue. I've already posted a few times on this board asking for advice on how I can increase serotonin/dopamine, how I can make myself feel happier, etc. But maybe this whole time I've been making up anxiety/mental health symptoms like I always do in the past??? I remember from the brain tumor experience I was 100% sold that the symptoms were real and it was not in my head. Just acknowledging this and writing about it already is making me feel better. Anybody have any experience or thoughts on this? I just want to be free from these shitty feelings and move on with my life. Thanks!
 
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n yeah I struggle with this
usually I think I have kidney disease

my aunt was good at talking me out of it
but there was a price to pay for her guidance
in what I had to do in the family

so I'm bringing it here ,
some of my ailments are real, I have real injuries
but I probably exaggerate them

its just a form of anxiety I think
which gets transferred from one thing to another
like as if I have to make sure
that I'm worrying about something !

:hi:
 
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. And now it seems like my next hypochondriac fixation is that I have some sort of mental illness like depression, panic disorder, brain chemical imbalance issue. I've already posted a few times on this board asking for advice on how I can increase serotonin/dopamine, how I can make myself feel happier, etc. But maybe this whole time I've been making up anxiety/mental health symptoms like I always do in the past??? I remember from the brain tumor experience I was 100% sold that the symptoms were real and it was not in my head. Just acknowledging this and writing about it already is making me feel better. Anybody have any experience or thoughts on this? I just want to be free from these shitty feelings and move on with my life. Thanks!
It could be hypochondria or Anxiety Disorder. I tend to think of hypochondria as being a possible symptom of Anxiety Disorder. Years ago, when I participated in an Anxiety Disorder forum, I remember many of the members complaining of having hypochondria - and it was just as you describe, first worrying about one disease, then another. It's a good sign that you feel better just talking about it.
 
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n yeah I struggle with this
usually I think I have kidney disease

my aunt was good at talking me out of it
but there was a price to pay for her guidance
in what I had to do in the family

so I'm bringing it here ,
some of my ailments are real, I have real injuries
but I probably exaggerate them

its just a form of anxiety I think
which gets transferred from one thing to another
like as if I have to make sure
that I'm worrying about something !

:hi:
That is exactly how I feel, always trying to find something that I need to worry about, can never just enjoy it.
 
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n yeah I dont know why I have to fixate on something :confused:
 
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Does anybody have any tips or maybe some online CBT that would be helpful?
 
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you could try replying to other peoples posts
that sometimes works

:grouphug:
 
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So since I've been a late teenager I have been a bit of a hypochondriac. I've had heart tests done with cardiologists because I thought I had a heart problem. I've had in depth stomach tests done because I thought I had a serious stomach condition. And the worst of all and most recent one was I fully convinced myself that I had a terminal brain tumor all because I was having minor tension headaches that wouldn't go away, I literally researched these for days and knew all the symptoms and eventually started convincing myself that I had "swelling in my eyes, bad balance, small twitches in my body and all this ended up convincing myself my life was over and I would die. I would cry in the shower for hours. Well the CT scan came back completely normal. However, since that "incident" I've noticed I have been carrying some extra anxiety with me for the last 6 months or so. And now it seems like my next hypochondriac fixation is that I have some sort of mental illness like depression, panic disorder, brain chemical imbalance issue. I've already posted a few times on this board asking for advice on how I can increase serotonin/dopamine, how I can make myself feel happier, etc. But maybe this whole time I've been making up anxiety/mental health symptoms like I always do in the past??? I remember from the brain tumor experience I was 100% sold that the symptoms were real and it was not in my head. Just acknowledging this and writing about it already is making me feel better. Anybody have any experience or thoughts on this? I just want to be free from these shitty feelings and move on with my life. Thanks!
Your experience seem kind of similar to my experiences. When I was younger my hair started thinning, some other time I started to see weird worm like things as well as lights and later I felt things crawling under my skin. I kept doing to doctor and he kept telling me I was fine. I couldn't believe it and there was reasons why I couldn't believe it: these experiences seem to scream out aloud that "something is wrong with me". To someone who know's nothing about why these things are happening and who never heard that these things were perfectly normal before the doctor, yeah I would get worked up. I think anybody would get worked up.

It turns out that the worms I was seeing weren't worms, they were "floaters" and the lights may have been caused by the floaters. "Most eye floaters are caused by age-related changes that occur as the jelly-like substance (vitreous) inside your eyes becomes more liquid." The hair thinning was likely hereditary, since my family members also lost their hair.

As for things crawling under my skin, it turns out people with schizophrenia experience that often. It's when I didn't know anything that these experiences I considered alarming and abnormal got to me, you might be the same way I am.
 
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Sounds as if you have 'Health Anxiety', Brad. (hypochondria) :hug:

Linked info:

Health anxiety
 
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Sounds like it to me. I had massive bout of it late teens and its still there today. Not anywhere near as bad but tapping its fingers waiting. Ive had it all. Went to GP maybe 1 time per month. That time would be sufficient to convince me I had something serious. I was very lucky my GP was amazing and would patiently explain things, he would then say well I can send you for ____ test if you think that will help. I was usually so convinced he knew his stuff Id go home walking on air but still noticing symptoms and let go of them...eventually. I dont know how I got it more controlled. I wish I could tell you. This kind of anxiety, which is constant fear, needs serious distraction and it wont happen straight away. Kindest wishes for some relief.
 
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