You must always think about the health condition of your loved ones no less than yours. At the same time, it is important not to cross that line when illnesses “appear” at the slightest sneeze, making a person feel constantly anxious. It is especially important to keep in mind not to develop any phobia, particularly about cancer. Such an unreasonable fear has its own specific definition – carcinophobia or cancerophobia.
Signs of cancerophobia
Most often, cancerophobia develops after losing someone close or familiar to you due to cancer. It seems the same can happen to you. Another reason may be articles in magazines, films, and TV shows repeatedly talking about the disease. Heredity and genes may also influence your fears if your relatives are similarly anxious about something.
Cancerophobia shows itself on mental, emotional, and physical levels. The main symptoms are:
- fear that any disease can develop into cancer;
- constant control over one's health;
- annoying questions to doctors about your condition;
- fear of getting any infection;
- fear of crowded places;
- concerns that can escalate to a panic;
- uncontrollable anxiety;
- dizziness, palpitations, trembling.
Is it possible to cope on your own with a similar phobia?
If the thoughts and concerns about the possibility of getting cancer don’t leave you within six months, you should consult a doctor. Psychotherapy is suggested most often, since cancerophobia originates in a person’s subconscious and creates a strong emotional reaction in the form of fear, which must be eliminated. The most realistic steps may include:
- refusing to read and watch movies on the topic of disease;
- realizing how unlikely it is to get cancer;
- meditating and triggering natural self-healing mechanisms;
- listening to your inner voice more often;
- leaving your comfort zone, expanding the circle of interaction;
- finding emotionally resilient people in your environment, taking an example from them;
- strengthening your spirit, believing in the best.
Getting rid of cancerophobia doesn’t mean giving up your health care. You should think about a visit to the doctor if there is an inexplicable weight loss, high body temperature, constant fatigue, pain in some organ, a change in the skin, and a number of other real and not invented symptoms.
It is necessary to monitor your body but not to live in constant fear. Stay healthy!
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