Health Anxiety/Hypocondria

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Since March I've been overly conscious about my health especially my heart for some reason
I have panic attacks where I feel like I am dying.

My new health anxiety is surrounding sepsis, i keep thinking I have or am going to get sepsis.

or a brain hemorrhage as when I sneeze I get headaches and I do get constant migraines.

Does anyone else experience this?
i need some reassurance as ive had GPs, paramedics, doctors, a&e nurses etc all tell me I AM FINE
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Since March I've been overly conscious about my health especially my heart for some reason
I have panic attacks where I feel like I am dying.

My new health anxiety is surrounding sepsis, i keep thinking I have or am going to get sepsis.

or a brain hemorrhage as when I sneeze I get headaches and I do get constant migraines.

Does anyone else experience this?
i need some reassurance as ive had GPs, paramedics, doctors, a&e nurses etc all tell me I AM FINE
I think you need to remind yourself that it’s an irrational fear - i struggled with this when I was younger and it was worst in the holidays when I had nothing much to do. I suggest keeping yourself busy, reminding yourself that it’s as irrational as thinking that you’re going to win the lottery, and as difficult as this is, accepting that you have no control over what could happen so there’s no point worrying. If it’s severely affecting your everyday life and mental health, do seek help from a therapist - EFT (emotional freedom technique) helped me so look into this if you want also - you’re not alone, irrational anxiety around health problems is relatively normal so don’t be ashamed to get help.
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]Heya,

I completely understand your concerns and I kinda think it's a trauma response. When we were suddenly blasted with covid, our lives and ways of thinking changed radically - we were told that we could no longer do the basic things that humans had been doing for thousands of years and needed to be doing to survive - socialising, hugging, seeing one another, comforting, helping. It wasn't gradual it was just BAM. Many people were left without support and experiences vary across class etc. Even if people say it hasn't impacted us much or that they're used to it, you can't go through something like that without some changes. Even now when I watch a film and see people hugging my brain forgets and doesn't like it. When you already lean towards being anxious, or even if you don't, something like the introduction of covid measures which haven't been seen by those alive in the western world for 100+ years, our brains can go into overdrive which I think it what you're experiencing in response to being told that what we once considered normal and human is now a threat so I do get it. I've suffered from migraines for years and know now that they are intrinsically linked to my stress levels so you're not alone, though obviously do get checked out if you haven't already. I understand WHY your anxiousness has made your brain become paranoid about health concerns because it's all we've had telling us through our screens for almost a year and when you've been told that even going out is dangerous, I understand why some of us then fixate and associate on other potential threats. Earlier on in the pandemic, I was a bit like you are now too and worried about other health concerns that made me overwhelming anxious and made trouble sleeping, panic attacks etc and they are horrible and are easily mistaken for other health issues (especially if you look your symptoms up). But, it is something that probably needs to be addressed so that you can live as good a life as possible because it must be horrible to feel ill and anxious etc all the time <3 and although I understand how you came to feel that way, it is what some might describe as an 'irrational' fear. I don't know if you're interested but there's an amazing charity called Body and Soul who since lockdown have been offering a free DBT skills livestream each week with an old NHS therapist (as well as other things but they're accessed differently) that I've found really helpful to put things into perspective and really help my anxiety around health. You can sign in anonymously and it might be for you so give it a go . their old vids are up on YouTube. I'd definitely recommend seeing a GP or something if you're really struggling but I expect you have already. BUT Body and Soul are fantastic and it might really help. It's 45 mins once a week and is meant to be a 10 week course aimed at changing things for the long term. http://bodyandsoulcharity.org/sharet...blocks-mindset here's the sign up link. You're not alone in this, don't be afraid to reach out. Wishing you all the best x
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I think you need to remind yourself that it’s an irrational fear - i struggled with this when I was younger and it was worst in the holidays when I had nothing much to do. I suggest keeping yourself busy, reminding yourself that it’s as irrational as thinking that you’re going to win the lottery, and as difficult as this is, accepting that you have no control over what could happen so there’s no point worrying. If it’s severely affecting your everyday life and mental health, do seek help from a therapist - EFT (emotional freedom technique) helped me so look into this if you want also - you’re not alone, irrational anxiety around health problems is relatively normal so don’t be ashamed to get help.
This !! EFT is so interesting. As I said, I've found DBT really helpful too
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thank you so much everyone for their replies. it is definitely this pandemic that has triggered this i am on waiting lists for help thru the docs and have been since april... its a horriboe time
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