Is anyone else’s loved one a hypochondriac in addition to their SZA diagnosis? How do you manage this? Especially in relationships?
It has taken me a while to catch on, but my husband has some hypochondriac tendencies. He has several “real” issues, like asthma, as well as SZA, but he is also constantly worried about getting sick, having a heart attack, an embolism, or an aneurysm, etc. However, he won’t make changes to improve his lifestyle (exercise, diet, etc) and after multiple hospital visits (and many hospital bills) I am overwhelmed.
I know hypochondria is usually a form of OCD or anxiety, and so I’m wondering if this is something I should bring up with his psychiatrist. I have not approached talking with my husband about this because I know that if I bring up my concerns, even with data and notes I’ve taken, it will just feed into his paranoia loops. Most literature on hypochondria suggests listening to individuals as they talk through their health complaints, but this doesn’t seem practical when it’s comorbid with other health conditions?