You can Google any illness and get results summarizing the symptoms, treatments, and other details about that condition. Websites like WebMD, the Mayo Clinic, and MedlinePlus make a wealth of health information available to everyone. WebMD even has an interactive feature where you enter symptoms, and it then generates a list of potential diagnoses [Read more…]
Is hypochondria a real thing?
Hypochondria, like obsessions and depression, is a term that is used one way in casual conversation but that has a different meaning in a clinical context. People typically use the term “hypochondriac” to describe people who are unusually or unnecessarily anxious and concerned about their health. And, in fact, hypochondriasis was an actual [Read more…]
Over the past week or two, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been receiving considerable media attention. The news that two healthcare providers with the virus were being transported back to the United States was met with a mixed reaction. Some people were concerned that their travel to the U.S. could trigger an Ebola outbreak here. One may ask: how much concern about Ebola contamination is reasonable and prudent? When exactly do we cross the line into excessive? [Read more…]
For people suffering from OCD, it can be hard to find help. Being an informed consumer can make all the difference.
It is common for people who think they might have OCD to say, “I’d better see someone,” and go to see a psychotherapist. So far, so good. However, there are different types of therapy for OCD, and evidence suggests that some work better than others. Many people who seek help for obsessions or compulsions with a psychotherapist find that sometimes, after months or years of therapy, their symptoms are still a problem. There can be many possible reasons [Read more…]