An Australian population survey found illness anxiety affects 5.7% of Australians at some point in their lives. Given the uncertainty of living with CLL, I expect the percentage of us that are unhealthily obsessed with our health is considerably higher. Jill Newby, Lecturer and NHMRC Early Career Research Fellow, UNSW Australia sheds some light on this relatively common condition;
- Explaining what it is
- How you know if you have it
- Notes that illness anxiety comes in many shapes and sizes
- Explains how cognitive behavioural therapy or CBT can help
As the author says; 'The illnesses people fear are vast and varied. While the creative ways the mind interprets what is going on the body can be fascinating, it’s also troubling how debilitating this condition can be.'
So if you find yourself struggling to get on with your life following a CLL diagnosis, seek professional help.