Illness Anxiety Disorder
Hi everyone! I’m curious if anyone here has struggled with illness anxiety disorder (hypochondriasis) and if you’d be willing to talk about your experiences. I haven’t officially been diagnosed with it yet, but it’s definitely something I identify with that affects my life in a big way.
Illness anxiety disorder is characterized by intense fear of having a serious condition that has gone undiagnosed. I first learned about it in one of my psychopathology classes, but over the past few months I’ve seriously started to wonder if it’s something I have. When I first started getting tension headaches, I was convinced I had brain cancer, even though several doctors insisted it was unlikely. At this point, I’m pretty confident they’re tension headaches, but I still experience pretty debilitating anxiety over it.
I wouldn’t be surprised if illness anxiety disorder simply goes along with a diagnosis of SMA. Do you struggle with health anxiety? If so, how do you deal with the feelings of fear? Let us know in the comments below!