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My girlfriend has always worried about her health more than most people, but it was always something we could laugh about in the past. But since changing jobs 2 years ago, she has gradually started to get more and more worried about her health.
She completely fits in to the profile of having health anxiety - going to the doctor several times a month, not believing what he says, constantly checking different parts of her body...it goes on.
We talk about it regularly, and she is trying to fight it. But when she has a good few days, maybe 3 or 4, it is always followed by a bad few days. And it's always a different body part. She knows it is irrational, but can't help thinking that way.
I know for the first year, I found it irritating and didn't give her enough sympathy. I feel guilty about it now that I have researched it and try to help as much as I can, without wanting to encourage her.
The doctor suggested taking something to help, but we are both against that. But we are struggling to win the battle. I know she worries about talking about it too much to me as she thinks it will put me off. It wont, I just feel sorry for her and want to help. But at the same time, it can be really frustrating. It does impact on her life, not always, but sometimes it can ruin a day out or holiday. I admire her attitude, she eats well, exercises and tries to fight it.
How we can stop this getting worse? And what is the best way for me to help her? I try to be firm and say she should only ask me to check something when she really has to, that she should fight it rather than constantly asking me.
Just feeling really sorry for her and want to make this go away, or a least stop it getting worse.
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