Irrational Thoughts and Fears About your Health…
If you tend to worry in general, you are more likely to worry about your health also. If you tend to think negatively or are closed in your thinking, you are more likely to expect that you are the one to get ill and more vulnerable therefore to health anxiety.
If you have had a period of real fear, emotional or physical stress or indeed a real health worry, you are more prone to question any other symptoms that may arise and tend to think of the extremes of what may happen to you.
Perhaps you find it difficult to assert yourself, to get help, which would reassure you early on, so you dwell increasingly on any symptoms or may wonder if medical investigations were perhaps not thorough enough and that something has been missed.
In most instances, you will have experienced, heard or seen something tragic or thought provoking and you make that first connection – ‘what if that was me? or what if that happens to me.’
This fear then attaches itself to a symptom within your body and you teach yourself to question everything unusual as you convince yourself that the same or similar drama is happening to you.
Stories in the press, TV documentaries and dramas concerning health issues and medical opinion may be exaggerated or biased, which in some circumstances verify our worst fears.
It’s hard to know what to do – so you mull it over and over and over, you search endlessly on-line, sift through articles in newspapers and magazines, looking to validate your fear or to reassure you that everything is OK. Your head tells you one thing – this is irrational and your instinct tells you something else – “What if this time it’s real?”
Your subconscious is learning that this is important and stores it in your mind to be brought up every time you get a symptom or it is time to rest.
This thought process becomes a habit which is strengthened when the feelings or symptoms return. This confirms your worst fears.
I can help you in ways that are very effective in overcoming health anxiety.
The first visit must be to your GP. Make a list of questions and discuss your symptoms fully. If your GP feels that there is no cause for concern, yet you still feel anxious, I can then help you to get things into perspective.
It can be helpful to understand what’s behind this fear. Also, investigating your tendencies to over-react in different life situations generally and accepting this, will allow you, with a little effort, to begin to alter and inhibit such negative thought processes.
Negative imaginings create an adrenalin response within us. It is only when rational conscious thought steps in to recognise what is true from what isn’t, that we are able to control these pictures in our mind, stop ‘catastrophising’ in our thinking and calm things down. Actively rehearsing new ways of thinking in hypnosis can help substantially in eradicating this anxiety.
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