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Hypochondriac MAG

April 24, 2008
By Tim Martin BRONZE, Auburn, New York
Tim Martin BRONZE, Auburn, New York
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I have a sickness called hypochondria. Well, truthfully, I don’t consider it an illness. I just consider it a burden. When you have hypochondria, life doesn’t seem real. It feels like you’re watching a copy of yourself, who’s watching a copy of a copy.

Hypochondria, or the scientific term hypochondriasis, is a disorder where someone thinks he has every ailment known to man. Some hypochondriacs think they have the “big time” diseases like AIDS or cancer. But I think I have everything – food allergies, cancer, brain tumors, kidney disease, Lyme disease, kidney stones, cataracts, bipolar disorder, the flu, dyslexia, strep throat, ­appendicitis. Everything.

When I think I have food allergies, I refuse to eat certain things even if I’ve eaten them before. I stay up all night worrying, not sleeping. Right now I haven’t slept in three days. I rarely eat anything but bread, water, and yogurt. I check the labels on everything from candy bars to cereal looking for things I might be allergic to. Believe me, it’s not fun.

As a hypochondriac, simple afflictions of daily life, like stomach pain or tenderness, can make me worry about appendicitis. When my breathing is messed up, I think my throat is closing. If my stomach makes noises, I think I’m going to throw up, even though I’m simply digesting the bread I ate 15 minutes ago.

Hypochondriasis is a type of somatoform disorder, or mental illness. I have had 10 doctors because I never believe they are telling me the truth about my symptoms and what they mean. My mind won’t let me listen to the doctor and understand that I am, in fact, healthy.

Being only 15, I hope that I’ll eventually break out of all this worry and start enjoying life. Many people say that hypochondria stems from depression or a mental ailment. But the truth is, I’m not depressed and I have no mental ailment. I’m a really happy kid, and I ­enjoy the things I do and the friends I have. I just worry too much.

I know it’s not right to blame someone for my disorder, but sometimes I do blame my father. He told me that he used to worry about having every physical illness known to man too. I found out later that hypochondria can be passed through genes. I ­believe I will overcome this disorder, but I will need help.

If you are a hypochondriac too, don’t worry. You aren’t sick, and most likely you’re pretty darn healthy. So get out there and be active and have fun.

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becaboo said...
on Jun. 30 2009 at 6:45 pm
becaboo, Los Angeles, California
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This is a great article. I too suffer from Hypochondria and it's comforting to know that i'm not the only one. I can relate to you in that I worry about everything, especially my health. It's very frustrating but as they say... mind over matter. :) Thanks!

Foxlynn said...
on Jun. 18 2009 at 6:48 pm
a month ago i had headaches from the weather and sinus infection, and now i have a head cold... or so they say. i keep freaking out every time i head anything to do with brain cancer or mad cow disease of meningitis, even thought i am at an extremely low risk. i HATE it. deep down i know there's nothing wrong with me, and i can't see anything bad happening to me in the near future, but i still freak out. it sucks.

squash562 said...
on Jun. 14 2009 at 4:08 pm
This article actually helped me ALOT because my dad and i think that my brother may have this "illness". He is always sweating over the little stuff. (No Offence)- Just like you, he thinks because he had a nose bleed, he automaticly thinks that he is bleeding to death. This article helped my understand the "illness" more. Thank you for sharing! (:

on May. 27 2009 at 4:26 pm
TiffbutterflyWing SILVER, Smithfield, Utah
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I love this. We just learned about Mental disorders in my Psychology class today and this was one we discussed. It is a very interesting ailment and I hope you will overcome it. Thanks for sharing. It's so much more interesting hearing about it from someone first hand.

maza.love GOLD said...
on May. 10 2009 at 7:52 pm
maza.love GOLD, Las Vegas, Nevada
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I say good for you for writing about this. :) I'm assuming this is non-fiction, so I hope you stay happy and tranquil. Good luck with your writing future!

slipknot 666 said...
on Mar. 18 2009 at 3:04 pm
i think the story was really good.

Ellimac57 said...
on Mar. 13 2009 at 9:38 pm
i liked that a lot

on Jan. 3 2009 at 6:32 am
I can sympathize. My dad is allergic to bee's and when I was little and had never been stung before he taught me to be really afraid of them. so now years later when i see a be I scream and run for the nearerst exit, ive actually left my class room screaming because a bee flew through the back window and was on the windows edge. By the way star trek the next generation has a charactor called barkly, he is a hypochondriac, it makes you see the humor in horrible or irritating situations, cheak it out.