Based on your report, I agree you may be suffering from hypochondriasis. This disorder is one of the Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders, so I would first urge you to be assessed by a qualified clinician. They may find that there are other behaviors and thinking patterns on which you're stuck as well.
The treatments of choice for hypochondriasis are a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy, stress
management and medication.
The most effective treatment for anxiety
disorders is cognitive-behavioral (CBT) psychotherapy. Alone or combined with medication it has a roughly 80% success rate in the literature. In CBT, you would be getting tools to use immediately to reduce the symptoms of hypochondriasis.
Stress management plays a vital role in the treatment of hypochondriasis as well. As one's stressors increase or remain at a consistently high level, the ruminations of hypochondriasis grow. Learning skills to manage daily stress is essential to managing your symptoms. And again, a cognitive-behavioral therapist can offer this training.
SSRI medications are considered effective psychotropic medications for hypochondriasis.
For self-guided treatment, I would start with It's Not All In Your Head
. This is the link to the book on Amazon
. It is a wonderfully helpful self-help book for hypochondriasis.
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