Overcoming Health Anxiety – 5 Facts You Need to Know

Overcoming health anxiety has proven far more successful in sufferers who learn as much as they can about their condition. To get you started on the road to fully understanding your condition, here are 5 facts you should know.

1. There are a surprisingly large number of people suffering with health anxiety at any one time. The number fluctuates between 4% and 20% of all Americans being affected by health anxiety.

2. Cyberchondria is the slang term given to those with health anxiety who feel compelled to investigate their own physical symptoms on the Internet. Unfortunately, “Googling” your own symptoms usually ends in disaster, since most people will continue to search for answers on the Internet until they find what they fear.

3. This disorder is very often accompanied by other forms of anxiety disorder. Generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, agoraphobia, and even social anxiety disorder are all more likely to be experienced by someone with health anxiety. There is also an increased risk of suffering with clinical depression.

4. More women than men suffer with health anxiety. Many experts believe that it’s actually suffered equally between men and women, but that the stats are skewed because men are far less likely to talk to their doctor about their problem.

5. Doctors often treat health anxiety by prescribing medications such as SSRIs. The is often unsuccessful due to the side-effects of such drugs being misinterpreted as a serious illness. Due to this problem with medication being prescribed, cognitive and other thought-based therapies are typically much better strategies.

By learning as much as you can about your condition you’ll be in a much better position to get back on the road to recovery. Educating yourself with the facts is possibly the best first step you can take in overcoming health anxiety.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Give Yourself A ‘Mini Vacation’ To Overcome Health Anxiety

What an unpleasant thing to live with, health anxiety. What’s even more troubling is the fact that traditional treatments for health anxiety simply don’t work very well. I remember going to doctor after doctor, emergency room after emergency room due to my symptoms of anxiety and the intense fear that a real physical problem was present. I was given a clean bill of health over and over again and was told that my problems were mental, but no ‘professional’ got to the root of the problem. The root of the problem of health anxiety is adrenaline. It’s a simple formula: intense worrying + a mind and body that won’t relax = an increased cycle of adrenaline which leads to health anxiety.

During my six years of health anxiety, I didn’t relax even for a second. In fact, I forgot what feeling at peace and having a calm body and mind felt like after a while. I would often begin by focusing my worrying on something which would cause my adrenaline-fueled ‘fight or flight’ response to kick in. This adrenaline response always had a series of physical symptoms: pounding heart, shortness of breath, tingling in my hands and feet, and dizziness. I would instantly worry that these physical symptoms were indicating a heart attack or a stroke. Even though this always happened in the same way, I would convince myself that I was going to die as a result of these feelings, and would race to the nearest medical centre or emergency room. It was taking over my life and ruining my career and my relationships. I had to do something to change this course in my life. I did a lot of research on adrenaline; I finally was able to take this problem in hand and came up with a solution to stop this crippling cycle.

The key to stopping the adrenaline cycle that is causing your health anxiety is taking ‘mini vacations’ throughout the day. Here’s what I did: I began with 3 ‘mini vacations’ per day (planning is key) – one in the am just before breakfast, one at lunch and one just before going to sleep at night. I realized that this was the ‘me time’ I needed, far away from anything that needed to be done, whether that was with work, tennis training, relationships or whatever. I took the 10 minutes of freedom that I gave myself and used it to do progressive muscle relaxation, acupressure, squeezing a stress ball, sitting and listening to classical music etc. The key for me was variety during my ‘mini vacations’ from the adrenaline cycle that affected my health anxiety. As soon as I felt the worrying or physical sensations coming on, I would find a quiet place and take this time away for myself.

The more I took my ‘mini vacations,’ the better my health anxiety got. But as mentioned earlier, planning is key. Why? Because people who suffer from generalized anxiety and, more specifically, health anxiety can become quite impatient and require quick results before saying that something just doesn’t work. They become so fed up with their condition and just want to move on with what’s important in their lives. Can you blame a health anxiety sufferer for wanting results now? So, plan out what you will be doing during your time with your mini vacations during the day, look at it as a long term ‘plan,’ and watch your levels of adrenaline that fuel your health anxiety lessen as time goes by.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off

The Essential Keys To Stopping Health Anxiety Naturally

When I look at my past and my 6 year battle with health anxiety, I realize that,any people were very misinformed when it came to what anxiety really is. I used to be told to breath, or to take some time for myself, but the truth is taking time for myself was one of my biggest fears in life at the time due to what may happen if my health anxiety got out of control. I fear the worst always, my body zaps were a sign of cancer, my heart palpitations were a sign that a hearth attack was on its way.

The Cycle Of Chronic Health Related Anxiety Is Debilitating

As I have now naturally overcome chronic health anxiety, what I really needed to hear back then was not to go see a doctor or a therapist. It was simply to follow 6 steps to live by, and implement then on a daily basis. These 6 steps have been the key to overcoming my health anxiety in the shortest amount of time an they are:

1) Complete Acceptance – Accepting that what I was going through was related to my health anxiety and nothing more.

2) Becoming Knowledgeable – Read up on health anxiety, listen to audios from peoplechronic health anxiety who have stopped their own health anxiety issues etc. Become an expert on the subject, this way your confidence grows and this is key.

3) Building On Facts – Build on the facts of the past, that these symptoms of anxiety you continue to experience daily has never harmed you, or will they hurt you in the future. Put up motes around your bathroom, your fridge, put pictures up of the joy you had when you left the emergence room un-scaved after a panic attack.

4) Take Action – Stepping out of your comfort zone for a health related anxiety sufferer is like parachuting out of an airplane, I get it. It’s totally scary and completely foreign. But the truth is if you’re going to stop you health anxiety naturally it’s time to step into some of your fears in a gradual way, and begin to implement these strategies on a daily basis.

5) Accept Setbacks – before you embark on your natural path to stopping your health related anxiety, you need to completely understand that setbacks in the form of new physical symptoms of anxiety, as well as debilitating and constant fearful thoughts are inevitable. Look at them as a sign that your anxiety is on its heels, and that you’re headed in the right direction.

6) Patience – Finally, you need to develop patience. There is no set time of when your anxiety will end, when you’ll be able to ignore those lingering symptoms of anxiety, or when you’ll be able to easily move through those scary and fearful thoughts. Some people recover from chronic health anxiety faster then others, this may or may not be you. The point here is that you can’t set a time limit on when you MUST recover, or else you’ll give up. Have patience, put yourself in a constant state of learning and applying. Confidence over your health anxiety is the key to ending the debilitating problem.

So there you have it, your very own guide to to stopping your anxiety naturally. Begin understanding these 6 critical steps today, and soon your life won’t be the way it was, it will be much much better then that.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off