How to let a hypochondriac know that everything is okay?

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  • Mukul Arora
    Mukul Arora   Jul 27, 2017 03:47 PM

    Hey there!

    I think can contribute to this topic a lot as i've had this posychological disorder myself . Even if i had the very common symptoms , I used to think that i have some very dangerous disease like cancer or somthing similiar . However the result were not good at all . I suffered from anxiety disorder .So everytime i used to visit this family doctor ,he never told anythjing to me or my parents in front of me what problem i had. And seems like even after his constant lectures of me overthinking about such, I never learned . The turning point for me was embarassment which led me to realise that i am not as smart as doctor and i know nothing about it. So for starters I would say such people should be examined and should be told to tope searching about the symptoms on internet because that leads them to believe their symptoms are similiar of some dangerous diesease. And moreover confiding them that they are not as same as specialised doctor so assuming something is not good at all. 

  • Radhika Goel
    Radhika Goel   Jul 11, 2017 10:56 AM

    Hey, hope you are doing well :)

    Hypochondria is a psychological disorder. Hence, I do not recommend that you try and treat it yourself. Psychological techniques like cognitive behavioural therapy where the therapist tries to change the patient's way of thinking by removing negative thoughts and replacing them with positive one's or several other techniques are used to help a hypochondriac.

    If you do want to help them, it should not be by telling them they are wrong. You should say things like, " I understand"; "I am listening, how can I help you?"; "Help me understand your problem". By doing this you will help them open up to you and you will not end up ditancing yourself from them and you can eventually suggest therapy.