Hypochondria Series: What is Hypochondria? (Part 1/4)

M A C A R O N M A I S O N

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If every headache or twinge in your toe sends you into a panic, then you may have already wondered how to know if you’re a hypochondriac. We can all relate to the desire to Google our weird bodily symptoms, and doing so occasionally is totally normal. But it can become a bit of a problem if your health is all you ever think about and the worry is overwhelming you.

Hypochondria, which is now called illness anxiety disorder, is defined as the excessive worry that you are or may become seriously ill. It’s not just the occasional worry over a true problem, but an all-consuming anxiety that causes you to constantly monitor your body, and often sends you running to the doctor.

Illness anxiety disorder needs to be persistent for at least six months before it’s considered a problem. And it can be triggered in a variety of ways, including a stressful life event, the threat of a serious illness (that turns out to not be serious), a childhood illness, having a parent with an illness, and excessive health-related Internet use.

Constantly worrying about your health can put a strain on your emotional well-being. After all, who wants to be fearing the worst all day long? But it can also affect other areas of your life. Relationships may suffer due to people getting fed up with your constant worry. It can cause problems at work, if you are constantly calling out or taking days off to go to the doctor. And it can create financial problems, since we all know doctor’s appointments, tests, and scans are far from free.

Before you convince yourself that you should add “hypochondriasis” to your list of ailments, take a moment to read the list below for some true signs that this may be a problem worth looking into.

  1. You Google Every Symptom You Have

Occasionally researching a few weird bodily symptoms is fine, but running to the computer every five seconds is not healthy. Hypochondriacs often cross the line from being prudent to being down right obsessive. Think of the last time you went on a Googling spree. You probably sent yourself down a rabbit hole of symptom checkers and Wiki pages about cancer, only to end up convinced you had the most serious tropical disease. While it’s important to be informed when it comes to your health, remind yourself of the needless anxiety you are creating, and try to save your questions for your next doctor’s appointment.

  1. You Are Convinced Minor Ailments Are Actually Horrible Diseases

People with an illness anxiety disorder are very tuned into their bodies, and that can be a bad thing. It’s normal to feel little aches and pains throughout the day, but hypochondriacs will immediately assume the worst. Rather than viewing your body functions as variable and involving occasional discomfort (aches, pains, headaches, nausea, dizziness), you believe that anything less than perfect functioning or feeling is a sign that you have a serious illness. But bodies and functions are not perfect. A headache is likely to be a sign of nothing special. But you may jump to conclusions because your default is death.

  1. You Feel Fine, But Constantly Worry About Getting Sick

If you feel fine, the dread that something may befall you at any moment can be just as sickening as the real thing. Perhaps your friend just came down with an illness, and even though you haven’t seen them in weeks, you’re now convinced you’ll catch it, too. In fact, it’s possible to become so distressed over a possible illness, that it can become difficult to function, according to the Mayo Clinic.

  1. You Keep Worrying, Even After A Doctor Says You’re OK

So you just got home from the doctor, and he gave you a clean bill of health, but it’s done nothing to shake your anxiety. Hypochondria includes the persistent fear of illness, despite reassurance from a health care provider. Those with illness anxiety disorder require near constant reassurance that they are healthy, so they may take their worries straight from their doctor’s appointment to lunch with friends. Their health may be the only thing they ever talk about, because the fear is constant and all-consuming.

  1. You Visit Multiple Doctors For Second Opinions

Since hypochondriacs are never quite convinced that they aren’t ill, they may go for second, third, or even fourth doctor’s opinions. They may be convinced the doctor missed something, or that another test or scan is necessary to prove they aren’t sick. Some people even shop around for different doctors until they find one that agrees they are seriously ill, according to WebMD. These constant doctor’s appointments can start to interfere with a person’s work, family, and social life. Oftentimes illness anxiety disorder will cause people to pull away from you, because they are tired of hearing you talk about your health. It can also cause financial problems, since the costs of exams and time off from work can add up quickly.

  1. You Are Convinced An Illness Will Progress

Generally a hypochondriac’s fear is disproportionate to what is actually going on, even if they are truly sick, according to the Cleveland Clinic. You may think something is life threatening when it’s not, or feel the need to constantly monitor yourself for signs of progression. This desire to “stand guard” 24/7 is a way of feeling like you are protecting yourself. If you have a long history of false predictions, doctor shopping, reassurance-seeking, and miserable worry, then you are not protecting yourself — you are harming yourself.

The symptoms of hypochondriasis go on and on, but the main points are:

  • a preoccupation with your health
  • excessive worry that you are or may become sick
  • the desire to constantly check yourself for illness.

It can become quite a serious problem in and of itself. So if this sounds like you, be sure to ask your doctor for ways to alleviate your anxiety.

I know for a fact that I know that this is something that I have to live with & learn to control. Find my anxiety story here, where I share my journey with you all ❤

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

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The Inside My Head Tag

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The 'inside my head' tag

Another little tag that I’ve created – Hope you all like this ❤

Rules:

  • Thank & tag the person that has tagged you
  • Attach the tag photo
  • Answers the ‘This or THAT questions
  • Tag a 10-20 friends.

HERE WE GO:

  • How do I feel at the moment?
    • I feel a little deflated & unmotivated – i hope to be more energised.
  • What do I need more in my life?
    • CALM! Certainly, can say that, hands down. I know for a fact I need more calm in my life. I am constantly on edge, stressing out, whinging, whining. complaining.
  • What would make me happy right now?
    • A nice mini holiday, just a few days away somewhere relaxing, secluded & away from the world.
  • What is going right in my life?
    • I feel that my blog is most certainly one of the things that are going well in my life at the moment, we just hit 2 YEARS, so I am so excited to see where my blog is going to take me ❤
  • What am I most grateful for? List 10 things.
    • My family ❤ (They are very loving)
    • My friends ❤ (They are so supportive)
    • My health (I am grateful I can move)
    • My job (I work in a fun, uplifting environment)
    • My car (It gets me form A to B)
    • My house (It gives me a roof over my head)
    • My food in my house (This feeds me & fuels my body)
    • My gym membership (This gives me the ability to work out & exercise my body)
    • My shoes (They move me about & protect me)
    • My blog (It has connected me with all you lovely people)
  • When did I experience joy this week?
    • I got to experience joy when I purchased new pens & markers for my bullet journal (Yes, I will do a post on that soon)
  • List a small victory/success?
    • Going on an airplane for the first time (MY FEAR)
    • Catching elevators up & down my office for work (MY FEAR)
  • What is bothering me & why?
    • The FUTURE! Why? Bc I am a big ball of anxiousness! I am so scared of the future & what it will bring.
  • What are my priorities at the moment?
    • My physical & mental health & anxiety.
  • What do I love about my self?
    • That I care a lot about the ones I love ❤
  • Who means the world to me & why?
    • My family & friends ❤ They have been there for me through thick & thin. They see the RAW side of me when it comes to my anxiety & having their support is so inspiring ❤
  • If I could share one message with the world, what would it be?
    • Life is fragile, love the people around  you ❤
  • What advice would I give to my younger self?
    • The popularity doesn’t matter bc after school, these people won’t be your friends.
  • What lesson did I learn this week?
    • I COME FIRST. No one else. How can I help others if I can’t even help myself.
  • If I had all the time in the world, what would I do first?
    • Focus on my anxiety, focus on my physical & mental health ❤
  • Whats draining my energy?
    • Overthinking.. AS IT ALWAYS DOES!
  • What does my ideal morning look like?
    • Weekday morning: wake up, toilet, brush teeth, wash face, moisturise, put make up on, get dressed for work, pack lunch & leave the house.
    • Weekend morning: wake up, open blinds straight away, wash sheets, toilet, brush teeth, wash face, moisturise, eat breakfast outside.
  • What does my ideal day look like?
    • Weekday: wake up, drive to the train station, catch train to work, work all day, catch train home, go to the gym, come home, shower, eat & sleep.
    • Weekend: wake up, wash sheets, eat breakfast, go to the gym, plan something fun to do.
  • What makes me come alive?
    • A good book, blogging, a manicure, a massage, cupping remedy – All these things make my soul happy ❤
  • What/who inspires me the most?
    • My parents & my close friends – We are all battling our own war & to see how inspiring others are is really motivating for me ❤
  • Where does my pain originate?
    • ANXIETY – My pain starts there. It ends there. Its always there. WOW. That was very Negative Nancy of me. But it’s true.
  • What are my strengths?
    • Supportive
    • Kind
    • Determined
    • Committed
  • What is something I’ve always wanted but too scared to get?
    • A PLANE TICKET TO EUROPE.. )possibly one way, ha!)
  • What is something I would love to learn?
    • I would love to learn more about being independent & traveling independent also.
  • Where would I want to live my ideal life?
    • Oo, this part of me is SO hard. Ha! I truly see myself in 12987540346 different places. A little cottage in the woods, a big white castle in Mykonos, Greece, somewhere on an island with no phone service.
  • Where would I like to travel in the next 5 years?
    • Croatia
    • Denmark
    • France
    • Germany
    • Greece
    • Italy
    • Switzerland
    • Vatican City
  • What can I do to take better care of myself?
    • Create routines & stick to them (I’ll be doing a morning routine soon & a night time routine soon)
  • What hobbies would I like to try?
    • I would love to bike ride more, I don’t do it enough.
    • I also want to be more consistent with my bullet journalling
  • When have I done something that I thought I couldn’t do?
    • Getting on a plane – When diagnosed with anxiety, I would’t imagine EVER getting on a plane. I said to my self I would never do it! AND… I did it! In Feb 2017, & I am so proud of myself for doing so.
  • At the end of my life, what do I want my legacy to be?
    • I want to be remembered as a caring wife, loving mother & a hard worker.

MY NOMINEES:

 

I can’t wait to see your reply blogs ❤

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

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74,000 Views, Yay!

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How are you all this fine Wednesday? (It’s Wednesday here in Sydney, Australia) IT’S ALREADY WEDNESDAY! I can’t believe how fast time is flying! We are already in MAY!

The mornings are starting to get COLD! I can tell Winter is coming & boy, is it going to be a cold winter!

We hit a real big milestone yesterday & I am oh so proud of myself to see how far I’ve come.

Discovering Your Happiness turned 2

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We are here to add another 1000 views to the bag! 74,000 views, oh wow! I cannot believe how far we’ve come! So grateful of all you beautiful souls ❤

Thank you to the below people that have re-blogged my blog posts ❤

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I have some VERY great news to share with you all ❤

My dear friend Dee from Thriving Not Surviving has… *DRUM ROLL* written A BOOK!

I am so happy to hear & also see she is reaching her goals.

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Be sure to get it today! You will not be disappointed ❤

I pray everyone is having a lovey week ❤

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

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