Most of you might know Health Anxiety by its outdated title, “hypochondria”. I don’t blame people for misinterpreting this condition — not even doctors are sure of why it happens, and that’s fine.
This “ghost illness” can be even more puzzling when it affects people on their twenties. People like me. Why would such a young woman inspect each and every one of her heartbeats as if they were the last? Why fret when there’s a whole future ahead of her?
I wish I knew all the answers, but I don’t. For now, all I can do is cope and manage to live one minute at a time, because I can’t go a day without crippling worry. I have my own personal ways of dealing with varied fears, and I’m willing to share them with you.
I recently wrote an article for The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) , which explores the details of my Health Anxiety and how its presence made me comfortable with it.
If you want to learn more about this disorder or simply be assured that you’re not alone, just click the link above.
Lots of love,