Overcoming Health Anxiety – How the Internet is Preventing Your Recovery

April 16, 2018

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Overcoming health anxiety is often made harder than it needs to be, simply because a few simple rules are broken. One of these fundamental rules that should never be broken is investigating your own physical symptoms on Google. This is a road to disaster, and the sooner you get off it, the sooner your health anxiety will lose its grip on you.

Googling your symptoms is done with good intentions: you're worried about a physical symptom that you have, and want to reassure yourself that it's nothing serious, so you look it up online and you typically find what you're looking for – an answer to what your symptom is, and the reassurance that it's not a sign of a terrible disease or illness.

But the trouble is, as someone with an anxiety disorder, you can not switch off that easily, and the logical part of your mind is overpowered by all the "what ifs."

This invariably compels you to continue researching your symptoms online, and you'll keep this up until it leads you somewhere terrible.

As the compilation to investigate your symptoms worsens, you'll discover that you can link even the most harmless symptom to all kinds of unthinkable diseases and illnesses. This creates a vicious circle of panic / research / new symptom / more panic. And if the cycle is not broken, life can become very unpleasant.

So how do you stop this habit of "Googling" your symptoms?

If you're a habitual Googler, then they key is to wean yourself off it slowly. Going "cold turkey" is never easy, whatever the behavior you're trying to stop, so do not try an all-out stop.

Begin to limit the time you allow yourself to spend online. At first, make this an easy target to achieve. And then slowly, over time, reduce the amount of time you allow yourself to read up on your symptoms. The key is to make each target achievable so you can successfully stick to it, and only when you're able to stick to it consistently should you reduce your time further.

This may seem like a slow approach, but at any time, by taking these small steps, you'll completely wean yourself off your need to Google your symptoms.

While you're going through your "detox," it might be a good idea to visit a health anxiety forum from time to time. You'll find like-minded people there, and many of them will be able to reassure you that whatever symptom you have is due to your anxiety, and not a terrible disease.

If you choose to go down this health anxiety forum road then carry out a similar "weaning" process away from the forum once you've successfully overcome your need to "Google" your symptoms.

By following the above advice, and by stopping your need to look up your physical symptoms online, you'll be much closer to finally overcoming health anxiety.

29 Comments

  • supresh bk April 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Luckily my device is also p8 lite.
    #notificationsquad

  • Kristie April 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    would the same method work on moto g

  • Kristie April 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    would the same method work on moto g

  • Stefan Bobu April 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Anyone now a good working rom for p8 lite? I want something new without bugs
    Please help ^^

  • Saudah Yasmeen April 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Sir i tried to install emui 4.0 and android 6.0 on huawei p8 lite 2015 model.. With flash .. When started to only shows symbol of huawei like red one… So does that means it didnt got supported r8?? I tried hella sites but didnt got mine version firmware.. Of c185b130 emui 3.1 android 5.0. I got but it shows morocco country . But mine purchased was in saudi arabia. Does it supports indian sim cards?? After installation of morocco firmware ?🤕🤒
    . Thank you sir

  • I'm Smart April 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Does this work for mate 9?

  • Saudah Yasmeen April 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Bro.. My mom took my phn a week ago.. With 0% charged.. After 5 days when i put to charge..it gone into rescue mode.. Help me .. Mine is huawei p8 lite ale l21 b130. Dual sim. Bought in saudia with indian sim support.😢😢😥😥 is there any way from where i can get all the data without losing it.. If i cant let it be.. But i want phone back to normal.. Yes my phone was rooted.

  • Micha - April 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    i cant shutdown mine, when i press the button to get the shutdown menu it doesnt come up

  • Wirock Playz April 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    I hope this works!! I'm going to try this tomorrow…. I literally just strarted fixing bootlooped phone and unlocking and several stuff….. My p9 lite bricked and honestly, it really messed with my emotions :.

  • Wirock Playz April 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Help!!!! I have p9 lite that is bricked….. I the boot loader is unlocked…. I had it root and everything…. I accidetaly download the wrong oeminfo file and fucked it all up…can't even get to twrp only download mode…

  • yudi billy April 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    sir .. can you give tutorial to make firmware of Huawei y5 2017 MYA-L22

  • QiGonJing April 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    i dont have an sd card

  • Brian P April 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    You said when you tried a 16GB SD card it failed. Would you be more specific? Thanks!

  • bram de waal April 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Do u have to have a sd card?

  • Edin Deljić April 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    I have P9 lite,and i am stuck on EMUI 4.1,it finds update buth when i download it,and try to reboot it says "fatal eror" ..how do i fix it? -.-'

  • Victor Sforzini April 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Cant acess the android os.. ;( I am stuck to bootloader, Erecovery (which does not work) and twrp.. What shall i do?

  • Soukaina Rhali April 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Hi ,Plz save me I flashed my phone with ROM B052, my phone is android 6.0 it changed to android 5.0 I want to return old version emui is unknown

  • Jack _ April 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Thanks this was a life saver. I bricked 2 phones on the last 2 hours and at least one of them works now. Other is a hard bricked Sony, so it takes a bit more effort to get working.

  • Shahi Sharaf April 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Thank you

  • Awesome Pranks April 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    I LOVE YOU <3 <3 <3 You save me from Rescue mode .. get error 2 and 12 🙂 thanks you boss <3

  • Wolf Modz April 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    lmao cant even boot up my phone

  • Jimmy Neutron April 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    BRUHHH i cant even go into fastboot mode ive been trying for 2 hours and i dont have a sd adaptor pls help

  • 12kasperg April 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    When i hold all these buttons, my device turns into the TWRP mode and not the one it does for you

  • Maškov Production April 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    software install failed,,,

  • Alice Westling April 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    I have a bricked Huawei honor 8. Model number FRD-L09, Build number FRD-L09C432B394, running EMUI. I can't find the firmware download ANYWHERE for that build. Help? Also, if I do find the right build number but it's in i different region than where I'm in, what does that affect?

  • Justin Danielsen April 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    i have an honor 7 and it fails at 5% with android 6.0 and emui 4.0.3

  • Samara Sinclair April 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Will it lose my contact

  • Nisath Nis April 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    How to flash with pc?

  • Nisath Nis April 16, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    I have honor 5x i installed twrp then i flashed os ressurection remix custom rom but it's stuck and restart again and again then i going twrp but touch not work on twrp .. then vloum down + power button i pressed fastboot is not open again opening twrp only my os brkd and stuck twrp … How to solve this pls rly

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