Whether you got concussed playing lacrosse in North Carolina, or you fell in the shower and hit your head hard on the marble tiling, you’ve suffered greatly over the past few days or weeks.
In the immediate wake of the hit to your head, you probably felt horrendous symptoms, such as nausea, dizziness, headaches, body aches, and worse. You may have even “redded out” or blacked out — and suffered lacerations, internal bleeding, bruising, etc. It was not a pleasant experience. But at least you’re through it now.
Whether you recently came back from the ER with a clear CAT scan (hopefully), or you’re just starting to research your potential legal options, you’ve discovered an additional problem — hypochondria.
Hypochondria is unwarranted fear of illness or injury, characterized by mental chatter about health anxiety that won’t go away and that creates anxiety.
Hypochondria can be debilitating and unnerving. But when combined with a real illness — especially a confusing health problem, like TBI — it can downright take control of your life.
While the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo can provide a consultation about rights after a Charlotte traumatic brain injury, we cannot offer psychological and medical advice.
That said, here are three good strategies to manage hypochondria related to your case:
1. Become a master of self-observation. Write down your thoughts, feelings, and symptoms.
Our minds are intrinsically bad at separating objective truth from emotional intuition. To get a handle on a situation that’s chronically distressing, write down your observations, thoughts, and feelings in a journal, so you can show them to other people (such as a doctor) and track the reality (or lack thereof) of recurring thoughts.
2. Use “if/then” constructions.
Maybe you stress out over even the slightest headache, because you worry about what it might mean for your TBI prognosis. To keep yourself from either ignoring a real problem or letting a non-problem drive you crazy, you might write out an “if/then” statement like the following: “IF I get a small headache, THEN I will track it, tell my wife, and call my doctor within x minutes if I’m super concerned.”
3. Lastly, find great support systems.
The team here at the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo can help you fight your TBI lawsuit, thus relieving some agitation that may be provoking the hypochondria. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation.