Hypochondriais a psychological condition, where a person is convinced that he or she issuffering from a severe physical illness, and cannot be assured that he or sheis perfectly healthy even when all tests show that there is nothing wrong. Theindividual suffering for this condition stays very anxious after doctor’sexamines and his assurance is that he is healthy, and he will keep visiting doctoreven after that. Personwho suffers from hypochondria is sure that she or he has some severe illnesseven if there are no objective signs of any physical disorder. Very often, theycan be obsessed with the idea that they have AIDS or cancer. That is likely to happen if theyhad recently read something about that illness, as they often read about differenttypes of illnesses. Sometimes they imagine suffering from illnesses such as"weak nerves," or "a worn-out gall bladder". Doctor mighttell them a hundred times that they are fine and their nerves and gall bladderare in perfect condition but they still won’t be assured and they will verylikely visit doctors again regarding the same matter.
Evenif the physical conditions hypochondriacs complain about are unreal, it canaffect their body functioning. If they are obsessed with having slow blood,they will generally feel exhausted and will imagine the symptoms, which theycan really experience. There are numerous researches, which say that our mindis very influential on how our body will function. Therefore, if hypochondriacis obsessed with the idea that he is very ill, his body will follow that, andhe will feel the symptoms. This kind of condition can result in depression,obesity, anemia and weakened immune system, and the quality of sufferer’s lifewill be affected.
Ifsomeone suffers from hypochondria, we won’t help them if we just say that he orshe is perfectly healthy. The kind of help that hypochondriac needs is psychological,because he is not comfortable with constantly thinking that he will die fromsome imaginary illness, but he is anxious since he can’t stop thinking aboutit. It is similar to someone who has social phobia. He doesn’t want to havesocial phobia but he can’t help feeling fear from people or speaking in frontof a public. Luckily, there are some treatments, which are helpful here. Thereis a very well-known technique called neuro-linguistic programming or NLP,which is often combined with hypnosis and it gives the best results. It isimportant that you find a good therapist with excellent NLP knowledge and hewill help you to change your negative thinking into positive one.