In addition to living with the uncertainty of a chronic, yet incurable condition that suppresses our immunity, thereby increasing our susceptibility to infections, CLL can cause many and varied changes to how our body functions. And this is in addition to the regular changes in our health as we live and age. So spare a thought for those of us with hypochondriasis (or, since the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, somatic symptom disorder).
"The number one enemy of someone with the disorder is Dr Google (“cyberchondria”). Indeed, the only thing more catastrophically creative than a hypochondriac’s mind is Google’s 2.42 million webpages on the causes of cancer. Every possible symptom can be linked to every possible diagnosis, by at least one disreputable source or another."
In this informative and helpful article, Peter McEvoy, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia, counters the unproductive beliefs of hypochondriacs and provides some useful tips on how to manage health anxiety to help all of us enjoy our lives, rather than worrying unnecessarily about our health:
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