Counseling/obsession of the anxiety
I am 47 and had been battling the health anxiety since 20 years. I have hypertension,hyperlipidemia & mitral valve prolapse with trivial regurgitation (which causes anxiety & palpitation). All these years my focus was mainly on heart, but since one month i has become very cancer phobic, as i remember one of aunt who died of cancer before 15 years..
I asked whether anxiety can cause cancer, so one allexperts counselor replied me that, anxiety & depression does not cause cancer, but cancer can cause depression. I don't know under what context she said that, which made my life like a living hell.
I know that, anxiety & depression does not cause cancer.
But Now i am fearing & obsessing that, depression is the symptoms of cancer.
What i know is that, upon being diagnosed with cancer, the patients become depressed, anxious & sad.
I have seen the people having depression for 30+ years & living with it & they don't have cancer.
Half of the world has depression, if depression would be the symptom & then half of the world would have cancer.
If somebody is depressed, when he will go to psychiatrist for treatment, will the psychiatrist will tell him to go & test for cancer.
This obsession had made me more fearful & i am having full blown continous panic attacks since 2 weeks. The anxiety is 10 out of 10 since i read that answer. I unable to function & get up from
the bed. I am not going to work since one week & unable to sleep since one week only obsessing that, cancer causes depression & it is becoming vicious cylce.
All these years i know that, panic & anxiety symptoms are harmless & i never bothered about these symptoms,only afraid for the first few years when i was not aware.
Due to continue ongoing challenges of health anxiety & mitral valve prolapse i have anxiety & palpitation. Now, every time when i feel anxious or depressed, i am thinking it is due to
Please help me. I will be grateful to you. Give me some cognitive tips to challenge this negative thoughts. It is killing me. My body is full of adrenaline & burning. Hyper alert 24 hours.
With the help of even a small stick in between the sea will be enough for me to come out this fear trap.
Sid; I think the answer is fairly simple (remember, simple is not necessarily easy). What you need is information from someone who is qualified, and knowledgeable. I don't know who told you that cancer can cause depression and I'm certainly not qualified to offer an opinion since I'm not a physician. I'm assuming that you have a family doctor that you are seeing. I would suggest that you sit down with him or her and discuss this. He/she can point you in the right direction. This is a much better strategy than creating your own myths and then acting as if they are true. Joel