Let us stave off hypochondria

Apart from the many issues that we face today, one is that of excessive thinking. This manifests as hypochondria when it comes to health. Even young people discuss cholesterol and BMI (Body Mass Index) without realizing that all they need to do is to lead as normal a life as possible without obsessing about the state of their health.
By making our mind and spirit strong, we can indeed lead a normal life when we stop obsessing over the state of our health. Ritu (name changed), my ex-neighbour was a person who obsessed over her health all the time. A headache would lead her to several doctors, doing all kinds of tests to eliminate the chances of regular migraine, diabetes and even tumour.
When swine flu was discussed widely in the media, she panicked when even a snizzle came from her or others in the family. This again resulted in a battery of tests, with Ritu never convinced that everything was fine. More than the physical issues, it was her brain that she just could not keep in check. It was not an imagined problem like many people told her. She did suffer and did not know how to cope. Hypochondriasis refers to worry about having a serious illness. Often, hypochondria persists even after a physician has evaluated a person and reassured them that their concerns about symptoms do not need to worry.Some hypochondriacal individuals completely avoid any reminder of illness, whereas others frequently visit medical facilities, sometimes obsessively. Other hypochondriacs never speak about their terror, convinced that their fear of having a serious illness will not be taken seriously by those in whom they confide. As we can see, both are extreme reactions.
“Hypochondria is a state of mind and not a disease. People with hypochondriasis like to talk about illnesses (real and imaginary) of their body! Modern medical industry fosters this and thrives on it!! “says Dr CV Krishnaswami, a diabetologist from Chennai who adds, ” I remember a story by PG Wodehouse of a character called Mulliner and Hypochondriasis which was hilarious.”
Re: books and movies, I remember a few too. In the old movie, “Anand”, one of the patients of Amitabh Bachchan or Dr Bhaskar Roy as he is called in the movie does not have any serious problem but keeps on visiting the doctor just for some hand holding and solace. When Amitabh Bachchan tells him clearly there is indeed no problem, his friend, a fellow doctor, asks him to make the most of it by charging money and just give some lay advice that anyone can do.
Spirituality always helps. In fact, it is the only thing that can actually help completely. “Learn meditation from a good spiritual teacher with whom you can interact personally and learn a way of life. Sit in gyan mudra whenever you have time or you are distracted with painful thoughts.
This mudra will send more energy towards your brain and heal you faster and make you more attentive,” says Satish Kaku, spiritual healer of Swarg Foundation. He adds, “Body has a natural auto healing process but Awareness of the mind will allow to heal the mind itself and the body too.” Essentially, working on hypochondria is all about rebuilding our own confidence. We need to know all that we need is within us. Even if it is information that we seek, let us look for the right one.
We do know we are not just the body but the mind and the spirit too. Why can’t we focus on making the mind stronger and in the process, the spirit too. This will automatically give less control on the body trying to become the primary focus in our life.

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