Illness, loss of health … Here are things nobody wants. The fear of illness lies in us, continually.This is one of the most universal fears. It is linked to the fear of death or the fear of madness.
A somatically and psychologically healthy person does not wish to die because she has a conservation instinct intact. But sometimes,this fear of sickness and death takes on exaggerated proportions,thus complicating the existential process.
Living can be very complicated when our existence is invaded by fear of disease, pain or death. The fear of death can be so intense that it sometimes produces unbearable suffering and leads the person to suicide, in the most extreme cases.
The fear of the disease is real
Hypochondriacs are, par excellence, the ones we identify most with this fear.It is a fear that, in general, makes them alarmist and pessimistic. They imagine a future filled with pain, viruses, malaise, incurable diseases, etc. Thus, it is not uncommon to see them set up compulsive behaviors of hygiene, as to wash several times a day to find the feeling of control.
Another characteristic of hypochondriacs is the continuous self-observation to which they submit their bodies.They interpret a small discomfort, a body sensation, a stain on the skin as a symptom of a serious or fatal illness. They submit their body to a continuous scanner, looking at it with an imaginary magnifying glass that enlarges every signal.
This creates a lot of anxiety for them, so they visit their doctor frequently. However,they are constantly beset by doubts that come from insecurity in their personality.Therefore, they are not quieter when their doctor tells them that everything is fine. On the other hand, they understand that their behavior is not usual but think that it is logical and coherent because they imagine things that could happen to them.
When the disease is psychological
In reality, the problem of hypochondriacs is not to have anything like illness.Their disorder, far from belonging to the organic domain, is of a psychological type.Nevertheless, they refuse to accept that they need adequate treatment.
On the contrary, they normally require that their doctormake more complicated complementary examinations.These exams can be of all types: x-rays, scans, electrocardiogram, etc.
After these exams, they are not normally satisfiedfor they continue to believe that their embarrassment necessarily comes from an organic lesion. They think that no one is able to discover it. Otherwise,they are wary of drugs prescribed for any reason.They read the notes carefully, even more frightened to see that they may be suffering from the side effects described.
If they decide to take medicine, which rarely happens,they suffer from these undesirable effects simply by suggestion.As a result, they are constantly changing medications or consulting with multiple doctors in order to have different opinions and decide to go for treatment.
Illness as a subject that defines their life
Hypochondriacs also purchase and read medical encyclopedias, health web pages, and even attend physician conferences.They resort to all this when they notice the slightest symptom or when someone tells them about the illness that an acquaintance has contracted.
Talking about diseases causes them great anxiety. However,it's also their favorite topic of conversation because nothing else interests them more than that.In a way, their whole life revolves around this problem of illness and death.
The current society, in which the pain has less and less meaning, favors the presentation of cases of hypochondria.And, of course, these are more and more common. We live in a society that is fundamentally concerned with comfort. A technicized and partly dehumanized society.
Other times, the fear of the disease has a real foundation.The fear of dying can be really intense. In cases where this situation is prolonged in time, it is common to see the emergence of a depressive syndrome, as is the case of terminal patients.
Ultimately, people who are afraid of the diseasemake sure that all their life revolves around this subject. This does not allow them to live fully and quietly, quite the opposite.The most serious cases of fear of the disease presuppose a psychological disorder called hypochondria. Hypochondria can be treated – after all, the person who suffers the most is the patient himself – if treated by a good mental health professional.