Hypochondriac Tales

is creating Advice for Overcoming Health Anxiety & Hypochondria

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I’m not dying today. At least, I don’t think I am. But, that wasn't always the case.

I mean, I wasn't ever actually dying.  But, I always, always, always thought I was dying. 

Let's jump back to the years 2007 through 2016 shall we?  Here is a sprinkle of daily thoughts that might have been going through my head on any given day.  

Ear starts ringing? Let’s freak out. Stub your finger? Oh, let’s keep pushing on your finger to see if the pain is getting worse in case you broke your finger. Did I just accidentally catch a sun glare and that resulting dark spot in my vision isn’t going away fast enough? Let’s obsess that you just did permanent damage to your vision. A particular word not coming to mind? Or stumbling over your words a bit too much when speaking during a meeting? What if it’s a stroke? Or something like early onset dementia? Keep dropping things? Oh god, it’s the sign of some sort of neurodegenerative disease. (I don’t even know what those words mean!). Did your hand or foot fall asleep? Goodness, it’s ANOTHER sign of a stroke!

And wait! There's more!

Sudden funny taste in your mouth? Did I accidentally just ingest something poisonous? What if that random stab in my abdomen a few hours ago was the start of an aortic rupture? HOW DO YOU EVEN KNOW THE TERM AORTIC RUPTURE? Or, maybe that recent coughing jag was the result of a blood clot forming in my lungs? And, oh yeah, I know you went to the gym yesterday, but I bet that ache in your calf isn’t actually muscle soreness, it’s a blood clot in your leg that is probably already making its way to your brain. Quick, recite your ABC’s! Make sure your brain is still working.

In 2016, I decided to take control of this madness.  I sought Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for my Health Anxiety and received a diagnosis of a Health Anxiety Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  The treatment for that ailment changed my life.  And now I blog about how I overcame hypochondria and give tips for how you can too!

The most common Google search term that brings visitors to my blog is "Hypochondria is ruining my life."  This makes me both sad and hopeful at the same time. I'm sad that people feel that way - that a form of anxiety seems to be consuming their life. But, I was once in their shoes. So, I'm hopeful because I know I was able to get better, and I want to shout from the rooftops how they can get better too!
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A little health obsessed
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  • All private Patreon posts and polls
Compulsive Symptom Googler
$5 or more per month
  • My gratitude and thanks
  • All private Patreon posts and polls
  • Real time online monthly Q&A Sessions
  • Early access to blog posts and the opportunity to vote on new content
Full-Blown Hypochondriac
$10 or more per month
  • My gratitude and thanks
  • All private Patreon posts and polls
  • Real time online monthly Q&A Sessions
  • Early access to blog posts and the opportunity to vote on new content
  • Curated book and workbook recommendations related to overcoming health anxiety and OCD (every other month)
I’m not dying today. At least, I don’t think I am. But, that wasn't always the case.

I mean, I wasn't ever actually dying.  But, I always, always, always thought I was dying. 

Let's jump back to the years 2007 through 2016 shall we?  Here is a sprinkle of daily thoughts that might have been going through my head on any given day.  

Ear starts ringing? Let’s freak out. Stub your finger? Oh, let’s keep pushing on your finger to see if the pain is getting worse in case you broke your finger. Did I just accidentally catch a sun glare and that resulting dark spot in my vision isn’t going away fast enough? Let’s obsess that you just did permanent damage to your vision. A particular word not coming to mind? Or stumbling over your words a bit too much when speaking during a meeting? What if it’s a stroke? Or something like early onset dementia? Keep dropping things? Oh god, it’s the sign of some sort of neurodegenerative disease. (I don’t even know what those words mean!). Did your hand or foot fall asleep? Goodness, it’s ANOTHER sign of a stroke!

And wait! There's more!

Sudden funny taste in your mouth? Did I accidentally just ingest something poisonous? What if that random stab in my abdomen a few hours ago was the start of an aortic rupture? HOW DO YOU EVEN KNOW THE TERM AORTIC RUPTURE? Or, maybe that recent coughing jag was the result of a blood clot forming in my lungs? And, oh yeah, I know you went to the gym yesterday, but I bet that ache in your calf isn’t actually muscle soreness, it’s a blood clot in your leg that is probably already making its way to your brain. Quick, recite your ABC’s! Make sure your brain is still working.

In 2016, I decided to take control of this madness.  I sought Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for my Health Anxiety and received a diagnosis of a Health Anxiety Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  The treatment for that ailment changed my life.  And now I blog about how I overcame hypochondria and give tips for how you can too!

The most common Google search term that brings visitors to my blog is "Hypochondria is ruining my life."  This makes me both sad and hopeful at the same time. I'm sad that people feel that way - that a form of anxiety seems to be consuming their life. But, I was once in their shoes. So, I'm hopeful because I know I was able to get better, and I want to shout from the rooftops how they can get better too!

Recent posts by Hypochondriac Tales

Tiers
A little health obsessed
$3 or more per month
  • My gratitude and thanks
  • All private Patreon posts and polls
Compulsive Symptom Googler
$5 or more per month
  • My gratitude and thanks
  • All private Patreon posts and polls
  • Real time online monthly Q&A Sessions
  • Early access to blog posts and the opportunity to vote on new content
Full-Blown Hypochondriac
$10 or more per month
  • My gratitude and thanks
  • All private Patreon posts and polls
  • Real time online monthly Q&A Sessions
  • Early access to blog posts and the opportunity to vote on new content
  • Curated book and workbook recommendations related to overcoming health anxiety and OCD (every other month)