Are you worrying yourself sick? Think that you are suffering from a serious illness but the doctors can't find anything wrong with you? Read on for a hypochondriac test.
Hypochrondria is a real and common fear.
The freewebdictionary definition of hypochrondria is:
"The persistent conviction that one is or is likely to become ill, often involving symptoms when illness is neither present nor likely, and persisting despite reassurance and medical evidence to the contrary. Also called hypochondriasis".
It is thought that up to one in ten adults might suffer from hypochondriac symptoms. If you have hypochondriasis, it might start to play havoc on your mental wellbeing, your ability to concentrate, your relationships...and..ironically...your health.
Women tend to suffer from hypochondria more than men, and those aged 45-54 years old tend to suffer more than younger or older adults.
- Repeat visits to the doctor and even changing or visiting several doctors to seek other opinions
- Obsessive worrying and preoccupation with illness such as checking your body obsessively
- Mood disorders
- Depression, frustration
- Sleep problems
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Severe anxiety
- Panic disorder or panic attacks
- Mild to serious delusions
- Anger if you feel doctors, friends and colleagues do not believe you
AM I A HYPOCHONDRIAC?TAKE THIS HYPOCHONDRIAC QUIZ
Answer yes or no to the following questions
- Do you worry a lot about your health?
- Do you visit the doctor and refuse to believe him/her when he/she says you are healthy and have nothing to worry about?
- Do you think you have a serious health issue or sickness (e.g. cancer, heart ailments, liver problems, limb and joint pain, sleep disorder)
- Are you feeling anxious and worried that you have a very serious illness that has yet to be discovered?
- Do you have different pains and aches?
- Do you have many different symptoms and signs of illness?
- When you hear about a illness or disease, do you worry that you might get it too? For example, if you read something online about a disease, or watch a news report or someone mentions it to you ~ do you think "maybe I have that too?"
If your answer is 'YES' to five or more of these questions, you might have hypochondriac symptoms.
Visit your doctor or health practitioner to see if they can recommend a clinical psychologist or other suitable professional. Often cognitive behavioral therapy treatment will help.