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[:en]Hypochondriasis is a disorder where a patient obsessively worries over their health. They convince themselves that there’s something wrong with it. The obsession over health means often they will experience symptoms that are not real and over time this may lead to anxiety and depression. They have an extreme fear of suffering from an illness and this eventually starts to affect their work and relationships. It is not easy to deal with a hypochondriac because they have their reasons to worry and it may be hard to convince them.

However, below are a few things to keep in mind when dealing with a hypochondriac family member:

  • Patience: Patience is a virtue best exercised when dealing with a loved one with hypochondria. They constantly believe something’s wrong with them to convince them otherwise can be frustrating. But you have to remember that most of the times logic doesn’t work and you will need more patience than logical discussions with them.
  • Listening skills: Even when you get bored, even when you have heard the same thing before, you may have to listen to their description of illness as many times as they repeat it. Sometimes, a patient of hypochondria wants to talk it out to feel better, even if the illness may be in their head. It’s best to try to seem interested and listen.
  • Understanding: Be understanding towards them and let them know you are aware of their anxiety. Show empathy to them and tell them you fully understand their situation.
  • Show concern, but don’t encourage: This is a very thin line, where you have to show concern and empathy, but not go overboard so that they get encouraged to obsess with their illness further. Stay neutral in your answers.
  • Tell them to read from only trusted sources on the internet: The internet is full of untrustworthy websites that provide half or incorrect information about an illness. You should strongly suggest them to read only from trusted sources. It’s also important to share whatever they read, with their doctor so that it can be verified and they can receive the correct guidance.
  • See a doctor: Convince them that it is better to see a doctor for whatever illness they think they have. Accompany them to the doctor so that they know the condition is not that bad. If they repeatedly see a doctor for an illness, the doctor will know how to deal with their hypochondria.

It is best to deal with a loved one with hypochondria with patience, understanding and a    little bit of firmness. For everything else, there’s a specialist![:de]Hypochondriasis is a disorder where a patient obsessively worries over their health. They convince themselves that there’s something wrong with it. The obsession over health means often they will experience symptoms that are not real and over time this may lead to anxiety and depression. They have an extreme fear of suffering from an illness and this eventually starts to affect their work and relationships. It is not easy to deal with a hypochondriac because they have their reasons to worry and it may be hard to convince them.

However, below are a few things to keep in mind when dealing with a hypochondriac family member:

  • Patience: Patience is a virtue best exercised when dealing with a loved one with hypochondria. They constantly believe something’s wrong with them to convince them otherwise can be frustrating. But you have to remember that most of the times logic doesn’t work and you will need more patience than logical discussions with them.
  • Listening skills: Even when you get bored, even when you have heard the same thing before, you may have to listen to their description of illness as many times as they repeat it. Sometimes, a patient of hypochondria wants to talk it out to feel better, even if the illness may be in their head. It’s best to try to seem interested and listen.
  • Understanding: Be understanding towards them and let them know you are aware of their anxiety. Show empathy to them and tell them you fully understand their situation.
  • Show concern, but don’t encourage: This is a very thin line, where you have to show concern and empathy, but not go overboard so that they get encouraged to obsess with their illness further. Stay neutral in your answers.
  • Tell them to read from only trusted sources on the internet: The internet is full of untrustworthy websites that provide half or incorrect information about an illness. You should strongly suggest them to read only from trusted sources. It’s also important to share whatever they read, with their doctor so that it can be verified and they can receive the correct guidance.
  • See a doctor: Convince them that it is better to see a doctor for whatever illness they think they have. Accompany them to the doctor so that they know the condition is not that bad. If they repeatedly see a doctor for an illness, the doctor will know how to deal with their hypochondria.

It is best to deal with a loved one with hypochondria with patience, understanding and a    little bit of firmness. For everything else, there’s a specialist![:]

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