Hypochondriasis refers to an overwhelming worry about having a serious illness. It is defined as being the result of an inaccurate perception of the condition of body or mind despite the absence of an actual medical condition. Lately, my health has been a source of constant worry for me. Although some of my concerns are legitimate, I can’t help but notice that every little ache and pain plunges me in a complete panic attack, where I spend the next few hours pondering on what could possibly be wrong with me. It seems I’ve become a hypochondriac of the first order folks, and it is a little exhausting truth be told.
It usually starts with a little symptom that wasn’t there before, or some new pain that just comes out of nowhere. And of course you notice it immediately.
You quickly catalogue every single symptom, and start searching franticly on the web for an answer.
This is of course a BAD MOVE. WebMD is clearly the work of the devil, and you are now trapped in your own personal nightmare.
After what can only be described as hours of nightmare fuelled browsing, you end up convincing yourself that you are at death’s door steps, afflicted by some incurable disease. It is the end…Until a merciful soul rescues you from your delusions by knocking some sense into you.
But then again, the whole process starts all over with yet another discovery of some new symptoms…..welcome to the life of a hypochondriac folks.