Don’t Become Mr. or Ms. Health Anxiety
The title of this post is intentionally vague – what exactly do I mean by this?
I have been told by countless professionals that you become what you believe, discuss, and think.
Yes, you have health anxiety – but not everyone in the world needs to know about it. In fact, only a select few individuals should know that you are suffering – it is not necessary that your entire workplace, cousins, friends are aware. You want to maintain a visage of normalcy. This is critical because otherwise, you will be labelled as the “hypochondriac”, that promotion you worked so hard for may fall by the wayside, and friends that you thought were good friends will suddenly skip out on lunch dates, thinking all you’ll talk about is your health anxiety.
Listen, I get it – your health anxiety is all YOU think about. But it shouldn’t be what everyone else thinks about YOU.
How do you deal with the temptation to discuss your symptoms with the whole world?
- Therapy – this is always the #1 way. You will feel better speaking to a professional because that’s their job, what they’re trained to do, and they’re probably the best listeners out of them all…
- Online Support Groups – these are great for starting discourse, but you want to make sure you’re not one of those people who constantly spam posts in the “symptoms forums”, but engage more in discourse and tips – you can join us here.
- Family and Friends – We have to be careful with this one and we can’t inundate one individual with all of our problems lest they start to back away. This also goes for spouses – be careful here, and as measured and reasonable as possible (no freak outs!). I understand this is much harder to say than do, trust me, I’ve been there.
This is all she wrote about this post, I trust that this will be beneficial for some of us, please join our forums and discuss this article with us.
Have a great day – remember, one day at a time.