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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
cancer.

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.

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Hi Sid,

Thank you for your most comprehensive explanation of your difficulties.

From what you have described it is clear to me that you would benefit from professional help. The most useful help you may be able to obtain from a good therapist, who could be a hypnotherapist or someone who is skilled in cognitive behavioural therapy.

The sooner you seek professional help, the better you will be able to overcome this particular episode you are experiencing and enabling you to feel so much better.

Looking for a few tips will not be nearly enough to help you overcome this fear. My tip would be to seek professional help as soon as you can.

I hope this is helpful, let me know if you need further help.

Warm regards,

James

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James Middleton

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I am happy answering questions about handling stress and panic attacks, overwork and similar problems.

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I am a practicing hypnotherapist of 22 years experience and a qualified Occupational Therapist in community mental health.

Publications
UK Journal of Association for Neurolinguistic Processing.

Education/Credentials
Dip Cot, Certificate in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy, Certificate in Co-counselling, Reiki 1, Reiki 2, and Reiki Masters. Practitioner of NLP

Awards and Honors
WARP Freefall Coach for the British Parachute Association.

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Ericksonian Hypnotherapy blog http://creativechangesjm.wordpress.com/

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