Hypochondria

We all feel under the weather at some point in our lives and we make a decision to ‘brush it off’ and carry on with our everyday lives or give in to it and take some time at home in bed with medication from the pharmacy and try to ‘sleep it off’.

Unfortunately for some, their presenting symptoms may be more serious and quite correctly they should immediately seek the advice of their GP who will diagnose a course of treatment.

However, for the Hypochondriac these options are often not sufficient to satisfy their need to question every blemish, ache, pain and symptom – no matter how common place they may be.

They consequently research their ‘complaint’ via the Internet or medical reference books and with little or no knowledge they may self diagnose. Then they obviously feel even more concerned as they have an ‘amateur’ diagnosis without a ‘professional’ course of action.

They may panic and worry when they learn about the most ‘extreme’ cases and find themselves spiralling into stress, worry and anxiety as they fear the ‘worst’.

Even when a Hypochondriac seeks professional help, they believe that their ‘symptoms’ suggest a ‘serious illness’ and despite the most stringent tests and procedures, they are not convinced that the overwhelming medical evidence to support their ‘non condition’ is sufficient to allow them a clean bill of health.

They will most probably seek a ‘second opinion’ or demand that the equipment used is serviced or re-calibrated as it surely must be faulty!

It should be noted that the sufferers of Hypochondria are not always looking to find ways of opting out of everyday life or finding excuses to delay undertaking chores and tasks (as many onlookers often cynically perceive) but they may legitimately believe that they are ill and can seek continual assurance from their GP’s, their friends and family as they search for answers.