Signs of hypochondria
Have your health concerns crossed over into hypochondria? These are the warning signs.
All your dinner conversation centres around Delta versus Omicron
Obviously a lot of us are preoccupied with Covid-19 still, and rightly so, but there’s having an interest in medical subjects and then there’s straight-up obsession. “When someone is so preoccupied about a health problem that they cannot focus on anything else, that’s a classic sign of hypochondria,” says Lauren Muhlheim, PhD, a psychologist. It can be hard to stop talking about an obsession once you start so instead of monopolising every conversation with your health woes, set aside 20 minutes each day to write or talk out your worries and then no more until the next day, she advises.
You get a second opinion for your second opinion
And a fourth and a fifth… If you’re still convinced you have cancer even though multiple doctors have examined you and given you a clean bill of health, it may be a sign the problem is more mental than physical, Dr Muhlheim says. To calm your fears, practise challenging fearful or catastrophic thoughts, she says. For instance, ask yourself, “What is the evidence that I have X? What did the doctor say? What is the most likely explanation?”