How To Stop Worrying About My Health?
I have noticed that I am always worried about something. Here are some examples: I had a cold and convinced myself I had leukemia. I’m diagnosing my son with autism even though he is far from it. I’m worried that my pinkies feel weird so I must have MS. It seems like I go from one thing to the next.
My most annoying and stubborn symptom is being light headed. I will have it for weeks and then it will disappear for a while and then come back...and then the cycle of anxiety and worrying that I have something more serious comes back. Please help me. I am so desperate to get back to the old me!
Worry is a learned behavior. Once we learn to cope with adversity, uncertainty, and risk in a worrisome way, we can worry about anything, including health and medical matters.
But because worry is a learned behavior, we can learn to cope with adversity, uncertainty, and risk in healthy ways. So if you want to stop worrying, learning to cope in healthy ways should be your goal.
Unfortunately, too many people mistake worry as being something that ‘just happens’ or ‘happens TO them,” and is therefore, beyond their control. But because worry is a learned behavior, we HAVE full control over it, which is why we have full control over anxiety (anxiety results when we allow ourselves to behave apprehensively).
One of the best ways to overcome problematic worry is to learn how to contain. And one of the best ways to learn how to contain is with the help of an experienced anxiety disorder coach/consultant/therapist. So if you are looking for immediate help, I (Jim Folk) suggest you connect with one of our recommended coaches/consultants/therapists.
Yes, there are many self-help resources available about worry. But typically, worry that includes health and medical sensitivities is stubborn. Working with an experienced coach/consultant/therapist is the fastest and most effective way to move forward, as a self-help method is generally less effective and takes far longer.
Again, if you are looking for immediate help, working with an experienced anxiety disorder coach/consultant/therapist is the best option.
We have answers to over 800 common questions about anxiety in Chapter 10 in the Recovery Support area.
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Authors: Jim Folk, Marilyn Folk, BScN. Last updated May 2015.