Do you worry about your health constantly? Are you a hypochondriac? Apps can help you manage your symptoms. Read on to learn more.
Hypochondria is an ailment characterized by excessive fear of having an undiagnosed medical condition. It is also known as health anxiety, and the life of a hypochondriac is marked by excessive worry and fretting over minor symptoms. Something as simple as a sneeze or a stomach gurgle is enough to make hypochondriacs panic about their health. They talk a lot about their health and often spend time researching real or imagined symptoms. The abundance of health information on the internet means that people will go online for health advice. However, consistently trawling internet pages for symptoms could be a sign of another related disorder — Cyberchondria. A person suffering from cyberchondria will usually make a self-diagnosis of a severe ailment based on information obtained from the internet. With apps, you can check whether your symptoms are real or whether you’re merely suffering a hypochondria attack. Like doctors, symptom-checker apps like Symptomate and Ada help you confirm the reality of your symptoms by asking relevant questions to determine probable cause. These apps make it easier for you to feel relaxed. They’ll also help you avoid panicking over benign symptoms.
Furthermore, hypochondriacs have a mixed relationship with drugs. There are no medications strictly approved for hypochondriac treatment. However, doctors will prescribe antianxiety medications and sometimes antidepressants for those with depressive hypochondria as part of their hypochondria treatment medication. While some sufferers willingly use medication, others are notoriously suspicious of pills. The pill-wary hypochondriacs can benefit from a pill identifier app. It helps you to identify a pill using color, shape, and imprint. Such an app can help hypochondriacs get all the information on unidentified or loose drugs. You can bookmark pills and pull them up using a barcode so that a pharmacist can quickly find the medicine on their drug inventory system.
Also, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has proven to be useful for managing hypochondria. CBT involves getting patients to recognize false beliefs regarding symptoms. That way, they can cope better with situations that trigger anxiety. Hypochondria causes unrealistic assumptions about one’s health, and CBT encourages you to replace those beliefs with more rational ideas. You can be smarter and challenge yourself to overcome false beliefs concerning your health using apps. Apps like AnxietyCoach and CBT Companion can help you address your fears and worries about your health using CBT techniques so that you can devise strategies to master them. You can also track and view whatever progress you make on overcoming your fears using these apps.
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