This is my first time on any sort of support forum. I've been struggling with hypochondria since 6th grade. It took me until earlier this year to really recognize this about myself. The biggest thing I struggle with is telling the difference between actual concerning symptoms, normal symptoms, symptoms that I'm creating myself, and symptoms that are real. My anxiety causes lots of physical symptoms (heart palpitations, bad tension headaches that make me really dizzy, nausea, twitching, panic attacks etc.), and I know I'm healthy and it's just my anxiety, but my hypochondria always tries to convice me I have a terrble illness, which makes my anxiety worse, and then my symptoms worse, and then my anxiety worse again. It's a bad cycle. An advice on how to separate real symptoms from made up symptoms? And does your anxiety also come with physical ssymptoms like it does for me? Thanks!
I cant stand it anymore. Always worried. Always hypervigiliant with anything in my body. Im doing therapy but im not feeling better. Does anyone getting better? Please tell me. Thank you.
I am 28 years old and I have suffered from hypochondriasis for as long as I can remember. I feel as though no one treats hypochondriasis as a real mental disorder. I hear people all the time joke "Oh, I am a hypochondraic" and I can't help but to think to myself, do you really know what it is like to truly be a hipochondriac? This literally takes up 90% of my mental capacity during each day that...