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Offline cameronj

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Perfectionism and hypochondria
« on: August 23, 2014, 08:21:40 PM »
I think being a perfectionist ultimately contributed to me becoming a hypochondriac. Does this apply to anyone else????
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Re: Perfectionism and hypochondria
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2014, 08:56:15 PM »
I honestly don't know I do know I was Ocd or a Perfectionist and I still am but not as much but I did become a Hypochondriac after some health issues came about and I am also agoraphobic so I do believe in some cases it is all linked together for some of us. I am not as Ocd about cleaning anymore because I just don't feel good.

Hope you start to feel better.
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Re: Perfectionism and hypochondria
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2014, 09:31:22 PM »
Something closely affiiliated with perfectionism is the need or desire for a sense of control over one's circumstances -- and I know that my HA increases when I start to feel that things are out of my control, and/or when I spend too much time being reactive and not proactive.

My friend who has anxiety, though not HA, is exactly the same.

What I do to combat this is make a plan for my day (I have small children, and sometimes planning our day is like drawing up a battle plan). That helps me not to get distracted by everyone's minor crises and stay in proactive, not reactive mode.
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Re: Perfectionism and hypochondria
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2014, 09:39:09 PM »
OMG yes, yes, absolutely yes.  I was just thinking about this.  I've always been a perfectionist but have gotten worse in the last few years and so has my hypochondria.  I truly think SOME of my hypochondria (not all, cause I've always had it) has something to do with always wanting everything to be perfect and work as it should, never having anything wrong.  Even if something just doesn't feel right, it bothers me and I obsess over it till it goes away.  I HATE it.  I think for some people, there is a definite connection between the two.
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Re: Perfectionism and hypochondria
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2014, 09:52:08 PM »
I suffer from both, but never thought too much about the connection between the two. Interesting theory, Egg! I definitely struggle with the whole control thing as well.
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Re: Perfectionism and hypochondria
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2014, 11:47:27 PM »
I suffer from both and interestingly have made about the same amount of progress with both. I have both somewhat in control, though I think I'm doing better on the perfectionism.  Interesting hypothesis.
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Re: Perfectionism and hypochondria
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2014, 12:26:21 AM »
IME - YES!

Once my OCD was under control.  All HA and the need for things  be EXACTLY the way I wanted them to be all faded away at the same time!

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