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Posted by: judy | 2010/08/23

Hipokondries

Hi dok, ek is hipokondries (alhoewel ek nie formeel gediagnoseer is nie), en dit is besig om my lewe te oorheers, mediese handboeke, mediese-webtuistes ens. is feitlik 60% + van my daaglikse bestaan. As ek ''n skeet of kwaal het vermoed ek altyd die ergste, ander mense sal nie verstaan in watter vrees ek leef totdat die pyn " verdwyn"  het nie, ek het ''n fantastiese man, kinders en lewe, nou sit ek met hierdie donker wolk. Ek is geneig tot geweldige spierpyne (het onderaktiewe skildklier en is op medikasie), en bietjie hoë bloeddruk, maar verder is ek " fine" , is daar hoop vir my???? Dankie baie

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It's interesting to hear from someone who recognizes, or at least considers, themselves to be hypochondriacal, without being persuaded of the validity of that diagnosis by a bothered doctor ! That's a sign of unusual good sense by you, and suitability for successful treatment ! This would best be achieved by counselling / psychotherapy, preferably of the CBT( Cognitive-behaviour Therapy ) format which is best placed to help us revise unhelpful habits of thought.
An underactive thyroid ( hypothyroidism ) can both mimic Depression and increases the risk of Depression ; and Depression can encourage the development of hypochondriasis even in someone not otherwise having this habit of excessive concern about their health.
Also, depression is a most effective amplifier of any mild symptom one may have, leading to further anxiety, and thus a vicious circle. And both depression and anxiety can cause and exaggerate muscle pains which may feel very sinister even if safe though uncomfortable.
So, with assessment by a competent psychiatrist or psychologist, and appropriate treatment ( medication and counselling if there is significant depression or anxiety, and CBT for the habit of hypochondriasis ) there's actually rather a lot of hope for you !

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2010/08/23

It's interesting to hear from someone who recognizes, or at least considers, themselves to be hypochondriacal, without being persuaded of the validity of that diagnosis by a bothered doctor ! That's a sign of unusual good sense by you, and suitability for successful treatment ! This would best be achieved by counselling / psychotherapy, preferably of the CBT( Cognitive-behaviour Therapy ) format which is best placed to help us revise unhelpful habits of thought.
An underactive thyroid ( hypothyroidism ) can both mimic Depression and increases the risk of Depression ; and Depression can encourage the development of hypochondriasis even in someone not otherwise having this habit of excessive concern about their health.
Also, depression is a most effective amplifier of any mild symptom one may have, leading to further anxiety, and thus a vicious circle. And both depression and anxiety can cause and exaggerate muscle pains which may feel very sinister even if safe though uncomfortable.
So, with assessment by a competent psychiatrist or psychologist, and appropriate treatment ( medication and counselling if there is significant depression or anxiety, and CBT for the habit of hypochondriasis ) there's actually rather a lot of hope for you !

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