My sweetie of 10 years is going through a nervous breakdown. He believes he has ALS and is about to die. It started with twitches in December. He started Googling and went into full panic mode, and hasn't left since. He's seen a regular doctor and a neurologist, and even had an EMG which confirmed he was OK. His twitching has only gotten worse though, and he is terrified that this is early ALS.
I'm beside myself knowing what to do. I'm worried he's about to go to a mental hospital- he says he thinks about ALS from the morning he wakes up until when he goes to bed, and has read every academic publication he could find on the subject. He does strength testing daily of every muscle possible, and is really falling apart. He is always on his phone or computer, reading everything he can find on the subject. It's an obsession he can't stop.
He's made an appointment to see our GP, but a referral to a psychiatrist could take a while. I've told him over and over that I'm confident he's not ill, but the stress is going to hurt him and his career. His coworkers are starting to notice that he is off. He's previously interpreted my disbelief that he has ALS as an indication that I don't really love him, and he has said over and over that he feels like he's going through this alone.
How do I help him? At this point, my best bet is to force feed him vodka as soon as he gets home in the afternoon, to help him calm down.
Please help. My heart is breaking for him and I don't know what to do.