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Old 06-02-2008, 02:58 PM   #1
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CBT for hypochondria/anxiety/stress

Hi there,

Just wondering, has anyone had Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to deal with issues such as general anxiety (get stressed/anxious about everything) as well as mild depression and hypochondria? Im 18 and have been to my doctor several times with different aches and pains and eventually she suggested CBT. I have been diagnosed with chronic tension headaches and TMJ and my anxiety makes this 10 times worse! I just feel like i am stuch in a big black hole with no where to go and i just want to start all over again.

Any success stories?

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Old 06-02-2008, 04:44 PM   #2
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Re: CBT for hypochondria/anxiety/stress

Twenty years ago I had job stress anxiety on a fairly new job (been there two weeks) where I was an administrative assistant to a group of people. I got so stressed and anxious that I was about ready to quit when I got the idea to do the behavioral therapy.

After being recommended to a therapist, we had one on one sessions twice a week. The most important thing she taught me was *boundaries*. She let me see that my trying to please everyone I worked under and not being able to do everything was what was giving me the anxiety (I even got sent to the emergency room once because I thought I was having a heart attack).

She helped me work through ways to draw mental boundaries and verbal ones where something was not possible. She asked me to think of worst case scenario. I did not snap to a command for one particular person that I would get fired? Then if that happened, it was not the job for me. Just examples of things I learned and I was able to deal with the job.

I worked there for five and a half years, and would still be working there if we had not needed to move to where we are now out of that state.

I really recommend it. It changed my perspective on control and control is a major cause of conflict when you have anxiety.


Old 06-03-2008, 07:44 AM   #3
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berriepie HB User
Re: CBT for hypochondria/anxiety/stress

Thanks for the reply Lindaru!

Im really glad it worked out for you! I hadn't heard of it until my doctor mentioned it, but she said it was really good for changing the way you think and see things. Gosh i wish i could explain all that i feel. My main problem is that whenever i feel, for instince, a slight tingle in my leg, its a blood clot. and i will worry for days on end, not being able to eat or sleep until it goes away. I really want to stop this because its ruining my life

Any more success stories?

Old 03-27-2009, 10:29 AM   #4
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Re: CBT for hypochondria/anxiety/stress

i am also a severe hypochondriac, i had it really bad when i was 14 i missed months on end of school due to it. It went away for a while then came back recently, i lost my job over it and i am scared to tell my parents again or anyone for that matter. I recently started to get dizzy and began to worry a lott, but reading all these posts on here kind of makes me feel better, it is just anxiety dizziness, thep ast week though i have been doing nothing but laying on the couch worrying, the dizziness getting worse and not eating at all. I couldn't go out and party, or hang out with my friends, it sucks. I hope someone can help with a way to stop this thing cause i am sick of being this way, i want my life back.

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