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Hypochondriac or heightened illness concern - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Yes I think I am a hypercondriac and I really wanna get help because it's causing me to have very random thoughts and I'm becoming very afraid of myself
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello
Doctor :   I am Dr
Doctor :   How can I help you ?
User :   I'm trying to find help I believe I am a hypercondriac and I'm afraid that it's taking over my life I wanted to know who or where should I start to get help from
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Not to worry.
User :   I can't help but worry I'm thinking of doing things that at the age of 22 I should not b thinking
Doctor :   In today's world this phenomenon has increased a lot in almost every individual and is no more regarded as a huge psychiatric problem.
User :   So what should I do
Doctor :   Could you please let me know what exact thoughts you keep coming across ?
User :   I mean it's really starting to scare me as far as I don't wanna be around anyone
Doctor :   Ok
User :   I have thoughts of hurting my self as well as others lie I even started doing things repeatly to try n keep me from doing wrong things
Doctor :   If you have thoughts like hurting yourself , it is not called as Hypochondriac
User :   I feel so alone
User :   Not trying to kill myself I'm talking bout just causing pain
User :   Causing pain so that I feel human
Doctor :   If you keep doing things repeatedly , I do agree it can Be OCD.
Doctor :   And Hypo/Cyberchondriac is one form of OCD.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   I can understand your problem.
User :   I thought that to but it's like everything that I hear symptoms of sum thing I think I have it
Doctor :   Ok
User :   What kind of doctor should I go see to help me with this problem
Doctor :   I would first congratulate you
User :   Congratulate me for what
Doctor :   As to most of the people dont accept or recognize that they have a problem and here you are who have seen a problem in yourself and want to get proper treatment for that.
Doctor :   So dont worry, I feel half your problem gets solved once this has been done.
Doctor :   Now for the treatment part : User :   Yea well I just can't live lik this anymore I feel like an outsider like I don't fit in anywhere
User :   So who do I go to for treatment
Doctor :   1. You need to see A Neuro Psychiatrist for this,
Doctor :   I would also like to know a few more details from your good self.
User :   Well I'm in and I have a full time job so it will be hard do you have contact information
User :   What kind of detail would that be
Doctor :   1. About your family , do you live alone or do you have a family ?
Doctor :   2. How about your friends , do you have any, how do you spend time with them ?
User :   I stay with my mom and dad but I'm in the attic
Doctor :   Ok
User :   No I don't have any friends I'm afraid of being hurt or hurting someone else Im a people pleaser and people tend to take advantage of me
Doctor :   It would be nice if you spend time with your parents and friends and please let them know about your problem and ask them to support you emotionally.
Doctor :   'heightened illness concern' is your problem and not hypochondriac
Doctor :   So please dont scare yourself and anyone , it is a very small problem and can be cured very easily.
User :   I tried but they don't believe me they just think I'm weird
Doctor :   No.You are not.
Doctor :   You are absolutely fine
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