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    not sure i spelt that correct?! but anyway i constantly think im ill, have a constant fear of cancer/death etc its making me depressed. Constantly feeling my body for lumps/rashes etc-discovering things that normal people probably wouldn't notice then worrying its something serious!
    losinf the ability to be happy and this constast worrying is making me loose my appetite and just constantly be anxious. Dosnt help that im a holidays havent been able to get a job and im skint so i have nothing to distract myself with so just spend days depressed & worried, feel bad cuz im so moody must be a nightmare living with me.
    Any advice would be great?
    Don't wanna waste anymore gp time!
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    Don't wanna waste anymore gp time!
    Did you tell your GP exactly this? That you worry about all that stuff and that makes you depressed which in turn leads you to be more worried? It's a vicious circle but doesn't mean you're a hypochondriac..

    It's quite a normal side effect of depression to be easily intimidated and frightened, so a lot of people when they have problems and suffer from depression only need hear something people talk in the streets or on telly about any cruel sickness and get scared they could have it...

    Do you have this all your life or has it only developed recently? Are there any other psychological problems or a lot of pressure/stress from your environment? You said you are having problems finding work and find yourself to be socially repulsive, that could be a contributor...

    I suggest you speak with your GP exactly about that and the fears you have and ask concretely to get some form of therapy or counceling for that problem and to find the underlying causes. And if you're GP doesn't understand that go somewhere else, simple.

    Good luck!
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    (Original post by Ricky116)
    Do something constructive.
    Like post something like that? Heh.

    Anyway OP, I suffer from hypochondria too. It got better for a while but living at home for a year has made it worse, especially (and perhaps primarily) because of the swine flu thing. I'm constantly worrying about that - being an asthmatic, I'm in a "high risk" group.

    Do you find yourself preoccupied by death? Do you fear/think about death more than most people? This is something I've had all my life, and I think the hypochondria stems from that (although the depression and anxiety doesn't help).
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    (Original post by ßlαcksωαn)
    I swear my sister has this. All I can recommend is to stop moaning about it to other people, it gets boring and it's just attention seeking most of the time right?
    No, actually, it's a mental illness and is considered and treated as a serious problem by mental health professionals. The bulk of hypochondria is the internal worry, the tearing-up-inside as your mind conjures horrible scenarios based on symptoms that most people would discount as minor.

    Having lain in bed unable to sleep because they believe they're dying, the hypochondriac may then seek reassurance from a family member or health professional. Often this eases their mind at least briefly.

    Dismissing this as attention seeking is, frankly, irresponsible and ignorant.
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    An inappropriate joke, courtesy of Tim Vine:

    So I went to the doctor and he said, “You’ve got hypochondria.” I said, “Not that as well!”
 
 
 
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