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Paranoid of death, Hypochondria, and fear of HIV

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I have always been a little bit paranoid of death, since i was about 5 years old i would imagine the people i love/care about dying and i would convince myself that it would actually happen. I also suffer from anxiety, I am a naturally very nervous person and whenever i am around someone i may care about romantically i feel like i may throw up, sometimes i even do. The latest problem however is my fear that i have HIV. (even though i am at a very low risk) I have felt like this for 5 month so finally about two weeks ago i got tested, it was negative. When i found out it was negative i didnt allow myself to be happy instead i read up on the procedure & convinced myself that the test was done wrong, Yesterday i went back to get tested, negative again, but now i cant shake the feeling that when i was at the docs office the instument i used was infected with HIV, and that i now have it from the docs visit. Deep down, i know its very paranoid but i cant seem to help it. Please help.


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replied May 29th, 2007
Anxiety & Stress Answer A2799
Fear of having a serious disease based on misinterpretation of physical symptoms or normal body functions is called "hypochondriasis". Hypochondria is nonvolitional, meaning that the exact cause of the condition is unknown. A hypochondriac confirms diagnosis when fear and accompanying symptoms persist for more than six months despite reassurance after thorough medical evaluation. Treatment for hypochondria includes establishing a consistent, supportive physician-patient relationship. You can begin this by first consulting a psychiatrist.


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