Hypochondriac (hī-pō-kon’drē-ak): a person with somatic over-concern, including morbid attention to the details of bodily functioning and exaggeration of any symptoms no matter how insignificant.
There are a number of treatment options available for those suffering from hypochondriasis:
-First and foremost, a close relationship with your physician in which you feel comfortable discussing your concerns and trust their evaluation of your condition.
-Cognitive behavioral therapy with a therapist, psychiatrist, or psychologist
-Some studies show and anecdotal evidence shows that keeping a journal about you hypochondria and what triggers your anxiety can be extremely helpful. Note: there is a special section available to you in the forum where you can choose to keep your hypochondria journal online and have other comment on it if you wish.
-Pharmacologic options (please speak to your physician about what drug treatments may be available to you). Some promising options may include: fluoxetine, clomipramine, fluvoxamine, and imipramine.
-Exercise: believe it or not, it's not just good for your health, but it also makes you feel better about your health. (As always, talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise regimen).
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cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult your physician to
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