Our expert says:
OK, what used to be called Hypochondriasis until they came up with even more elaborate labels for such illness-focussed anxiety disorders. ANd in fact most of the most alarming symptoms you develop when you become so anxious. are caused by the anxiety itself. Menopause doesn't cause this situation itself, but may cause a number of the minor irritating symptoms on which you focus and assume to be of sinister significance.
Fortunately this condition can be very effectively treated.
See a psychiatrist or psychologist for assessment, and a discussion of treatment options. These may include using some meds also used to treat depression, which reduce the basic levels of anxiety, and should ideally also include a talking therapy, CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) which will help you unlearn these automatically alarming false but frightening assumptions and thoughts that have become a bad habit with you.
This situation can definitely be changed for the better - good luck, and let us know how this extra treatment helps !
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