Re: how can i get rid of hypochondria?
Only we can help ourselves, not anyone else that is why leaning on others only helps for a short while.
We have to truly believe what we tell ourselves for anything to be effective.
There is no one treatment that works for everyone. We have to find what works for us.
However, there are some things we can do that usually help out a majority of people sometimes.
With hypochondria, I believe the best thing is distraction. Refuse to give in to your need to research your "illness" or going to get checked, checking yourself etc.
Do not give your anxiety power. Acknowledge its presence but do not listen to what it tells you to do. example: my anxiety is telling me to sit on the computer and look for a cure BUT I am going to watch a movie instead.
or, my anxiety is telling me to sit on the couch and dwell on these strange sensations I am feeling BUT I am going to go to call my friend instead.
You have to get up that instant and do something else.
Another good distraction tool I learned about here I believe through another post is when the thoughts take over, bring yourself back to the present time by continually looking around and repeating what you see with description (out loud or in your mind) until you are calm again. For example, when the thoughts begin or are spiraling, look around the room you are sitting in (or outdoors or wherever) and say, red wall, big TV, soft blanket, laundry basket, high ceiling, bright light etc until you feel calm again.
Another good technique is thought stopping- when your mind begins to worry, picture a huge STOP sign in great detail and think or say stop continually to break the thought spiral.
If you start worrying about some illness, pain etc, distract yourself by doing something you like. Think, ok, I am feeling this and I don't care much for it but it is there and I need to do _(blank)__ right now so I will worry about it later.
Gradually over time the anxiety and obsession over health will dissipate.
Stay busy in the moment and live life- you may be too idle and have time on your hands meaning that you need to fill the empty spaces with things to do. You need to live.
Tough things to do but worth it.