I am a 32 year old male, who suffers from depression and anxiety. I am currently seeing a CBT and my sessions have gone well. I am turning corners and living my life a with more enthusiasm. One thing though that puts a cramp in my life is that I suffer from being a hypochondriac. I seem to always make a mountain out of a molehill. My doctor tells me to cut it out as I have been to him and to a stomach specialist recently and have gotten a clean bill of health. My nerves give me certain problems with my stomach and if I live a little stress free, symptoms are gone. I had myself believing I had cancer and I was already digging my grave. My nerves and anxiety kill me sometimes. I am starting it again. I have a little bleeding after passing a bowel movement and already in my mind its cancer. I just went to the doctor and was fine. Ran certain tests and all cam back negative. Had a digital rectal exam and was fine. It's all in my head. Does anyone else suffer like this? Just trying to put my mind at ease. I really don't want to go back to the doctor and have unncessary tests. If anyone else is like this please respond.
Hi Benner, I am so glad that therapy is working for you! I used to suffer from anxiety and I have made many a mountain out of molehills! Those who are anxious IMO HATE uncertainty! Being aware of what you are doing is more than half the battle! Next time can you do some self talk and tell yourself that you know that you do this stuff and try to stop the run away thoughts?
Thanks for the reply! I am trying to stop the compulsiveness. I obsess and then act compulsively. I am fine I tell myself, but until the doctor tells me so, I feel like I am dying. My therapist tells me to snap myself, whenever I get such a thought. Easier said than done. All I think about now is what if I don't visit the doctor and what I have is life threatening? Will this be the last time I see or play with my daughter? Really stupid things like this cross my mind when I get like this. It hurts at times. I am totally convinced I am fine, but can't get my stupid brain to think the same. I appreciate the response and kind words. I am trying to fight the urge and will hopefully win.
Change can sometimes be a longer process. Maybe once you get a better handle on your anxiety dealing with this issue will be much easier. Feel free to talk about anything here on your thread that you want to!