Hypochondria and Substance Abuse

Hypochondria and Substance AbuseThere is absolutely nothing wrong with learning about your health problems, but it can become an obsession. Learning how to stay healthy is as important as being healthy, but some people can become so obsessed with their health that they become hypochondriacs. If you or a loved one struggles with hypochondria and substance abuse as a result, then seek professional help to address both issues at the same time.

Mentality of Hypochondriacs

Not everyone who worries about her health and possible problems has hypochondria, but it can be difficult to identify this psychological problem. To know if you or a loved one struggles with it, note the following symptoms of this disorder:

  • Having long-term, intense anxiety about having serious health conditions
  • Thinking a disease is present after reading or hearing about it
  • Obsessively doing health research

Hypochondriacs often suffer from long-term, intense anxiety about coming into contact or being diagnosed with a health condition. These people may hear and even read about a particular disease, and then become convinced that they have it. After this, they may panic and become obsessive by cleaning their homes and themselves while researching the disease in the meantime. Hypochondriacs may even begin to segregate themselves from their loved ones in fear that they will spread the disease.

How to Treat Hypochondria

Because hypochondriacs believe they are infected with a disease, many go to great lengths to cure it. They may even self-medicate their symptoms through any of the following means:

  • Self-medicating
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Illegal substances

Because their doctors cannot find any virus or infection to treat, many hypochondriacs self-medicate their symptoms based on their own research. This can be dangerous, not only because they may take medications that have serious side effects, but they also risk dangerous drug interactions or overdose if they take additional medications. Hypochondriacs will more than likely start taking over-the-counter medications, and they may even consult herbalists and/or healers to help them. While this is not necessarily dangerous, it could lead them to more extreme measures if they do not get the results they want. In other words, if all their efforts seem to fail, hypochondriacs may seek illegal substances to find relief. Seek professional help to avoid and/or treat the terrible combination of hypochondria and drug abuse.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment for Addiction and Hypochondria

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