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Hypochondria

J. Wingelman's picture

Hello,

I'm wondering if the Overcome Hypochondria audio uses the word or phrases anything that says that the person is a hypochondriac? I would like to suggest it to someone but I know that they will be offended if they feel 'labelled' or accused of being a hypochondriac. And then they won't listen but they would benefit from it, I'm sure.

Rebekah Hall's picture

Hi there,

Thank you for your question. I've had a look at the session's script and the word 'hypochondriac' is used once during the introduction:

"Many people I have helped overcome this particular focus of anxiety have spent much time trawling medical books or the internet in an attempt to reassure themselves they are not suffering from one ailment or other.

"As you may have noticed, this seldom helps, because of course we humans have an ability not only to create the sensation of a symptom via the power of the imagination but also to find an illness to fit any symptom. So, for example, in the imagination, a simple headache becomes the symptom of something far more sinister.

"When people do this, it’s as if you jump from A to Z and miss out all the other letters in between. So, for example, concluding that a headache means you have a brain tumour misses out all the other far more likely possibilities such as dehydration, tension, caffeine intolerance and so on.

"The hypochondriac always thinks in extremes and swings straight to a dramatic conclusion, ignoring all the more probable explanations on the way. A more comfortable strategy, rather than jumping to the worst possible conclusion, is to assume more obvious but less dramatic causes and relax and wait comfortably for any evidence of anything more serious to emerge."

Then there's one use of the phrase 'those old habitual hypochondriacal imaginings' near the end of the hypnosis section. And, of course, the session is titled 'Overcome Hypochondria'.

You may be able to help the person without mentioning the word 'hypochondria' by utilizing the tips from Mark's 'Stop Being a Hypochondriac' article. Or perhaps you could suggest another download, such as stress management, relaxation, or some other issue they recognize themselves as having. If they relax more day to day, they may stop worrying so much about their health.

I hope this helps answer your question.

Best wishes,

Rebekah
Uncommon Care Team