Causes of illness-related anxiety can be psychological, or due to existing mental health issues like depression, which can even be hereditary.
Sensational news reporting of the media (like we see today) is also a cause of health-related anxiety. This can lead to symptoms of common ailments (like muscle ache due to working out) being identified by the mind as relating to some acute and deadly disease.
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Hypochondria is a psychological disorder in which there is excessive worry about having a serious illness. Behavior patterns for Hypochondria include excessive washing of hands, disinfecting wounds, and frequent doctor visits. This can lead to a constant cycle of fear, worry and anxiety.
This condition is increasingly common and is intensified due to easy access to the internet for checking symptoms (WebMD, for instance).
As the definition of what is a mental illness keeps changing, treatment of conditions like Hypochondria also keeps varying from time to time.
Some psychiatrists provide anti-depressants, while others suggest CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) which is essentially a ‘correction’ of unhealthy behavioral patterns.
The subjective nature of hypochondria and the many variables in today’s complex world makes this problem difficult to fix.
Maybe mental illnesses are not to be cured in a traditional way, but something to be aware of, while enduring the uncertainty.
The Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus was the last famous Stoic philosopher of antiquity. He faced one of the worst plagues in European history.
During the Antonine Plague, he wrote a book, known as The Meditations, which can be viewed as a manual for developing the mental resilience skills required to cope with a difficult situation.
Common symptoms: chest tightness and shortness of breath. But these are also common symptoms of anxiety.
People with anxiety may continue to worry that they are getting sick, even if they don't have a fever or a cough. But there are ways to distinguish between anxiety chest tightness and the new virus chest tightness and a way to manage the former.
From a young age, we learn that not everyone is on our side, and not all situations are going to go our way.
Over time, we build walls around our hearts to protect ourselves from these hurts.
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