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Wednesday, April 1, 2015
What is Going on Withon Me?
I am a successful executive working in PSU company. I am having hypertension and on treatment. Since last 2 years, I have developed a habit of continuous anxiety, constant thoughts and worrying over unnecessary things. I have a slight boarderline high blood sugar I have been reassured that it is not that concern. Yet I have recently started going for all blood tests like kidney liver lipid suage 2D echo very frequently I wonder as to why I have this habit of going for tests so frequently I am conscious of my bad habit yet I can not resist going to the labs. What is this going on within me ? I shall be glad to receive your guidance
You may have developed “health anxiety.” If you have not yet discussed this with your primary care doctor, do that next. Also consider a referral to a psychiatrist to evaluate and treat your anxiety.
Effective management of your anxiety will make it easier for you to manage your hypertension and blood sugars.
Lawson Wulsin, MD
Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine, Training Director of the Family Medicine Psychiatry Residency Program
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati