Friday, 3 August 2012

10 Hints that you Might be a Hypochondriac

As some readers know, I'm totally a hypochondriac.

Sidenote: I always forget the word, and constantly say kleptomaniac instead. Even though I've never stolen anything in my life. Well, except for a finger puppet from the bloodwork unit at the hospital. They're for the kids, but I deserved one too, Goddamnit.

Anyways, I thought I could use my experience of being paranoid about the state of my own health and that of those around me. So without further ado, here's a list that may help you to identify whether or not you are a hypochondriac.
  • A cold is never just a cold. Its probably West Nile Virus. Or Ricin poisoning. The odds of it is like .001%. The chance is still there.
  • You know the signs and symptoms of every major illnesses and a few rare ones too. Early warning signs of MS: tingling, numbness, blurred vision, lack of balance.  ... Shit, I have all those symptoms...
  • When someone around you is sleeping, you have to periodically make sure they're still breathing. Just in case they suddenly died for no reason whatsoever.  This check might range from watching to see if their chest rises, to throwing things at them to make sure they wake up.
  • You constantly ask others to check your vitals, like if your forehead is warm, or your tongue is red. And the bitches never get it right.
  • If more than one symptom is showing up at the same time, it definitely means you have some sort of major illness. You have a fever and a bruise? It's Leukemia. You should call your doctor and get that shit checked out.
  • You watch medical shows like Mystery Diagnosis that present case studies of rare disorders and diseases. You then check to make sure that you don't have the illness too. Or maybe you just skip the checkup and automatically think to yourself "Oh God, I have that."
  • You always seem to have some sort of physical or mental symptom. In fact, you can hardly remember a time when you didn't feel some sort of symptom. Wait, it might have been a Tuesday in February...
  • You have a cabinet filled with every single legal drug you can find. You never know when you're going to need Aleve, Benzocain, Pepto Bismol, or Ketoprofen. You might even have shit you don't need, like Claritin and Sudafed when you don't have any allergies whatsoever. But you might suddenly develop allergies. So better safe than sorry.
  • WebMD Symptom Checker is bookmarked on your computer. Hell, it might even be your homepage.
  • If you just read all of these hints and thought to yourself "Oh my God, I think I have that!", you definitely have hypochondria. Welcome to the club. Membership includes monogramed surgical masks.
I now have to go get reassured by Andrew that I'm not dying of a terminal illness.


  1. Why do I associated myself with you?

  2. This is so sad and so funny because I half way feel it's me and half way feel no way could this be me.

    And Moose89 cracking me up!

  3. Hahaha! You have totally described Dr. Em! Which is why I've always suspected she became a psychiatrist in the first place...diagnosing others' craziness takes the spotlight off hers!

    Princess WeeWee

    1. People with crazy of their own love to help others deal with their craziness! I have so many issues, yet my B.A. was in Psych and I'm applying for a Masters in Counseling program.

      It's so much easier to help people when you know where they're comming from. At least, that's the excuse I'm going to give. :)

  4. Christine I so effing love you. We are like the same person except for that you're younger and tinier and probably have nicer looking cuticles.

    As you know, I am a massive hypochondriac. I also sometimes accidentally (yesterday) tell people I am a kleptomaniac instead. I also have only stolen one thing in my life and it was from a doctors' office at a hospital.

    We are totally weird In Vitro Time Travel Twins.

  5. Just found this blog and nearly fell over laughing. I am currently dying of something. Can't quite put my finger on it, but it is something, for sure. Oh, and it is bad, terminal, even. I have a few hints as well, that, uh, *cough* a friend of mine, yeah... a friend of mine experienced. 1) You have the CDC on speed dial. 2) Odd lines on your feet that you KNOW are skin cancer turns out to be tan lines from your flip flops. 3) The large bruise on your thigh isn't from running into that table while intoxicated, but is leukemia. For sure.

    Thanks for a laugh. I really needed that. After all, I am searching blogger for fellow hypochondriacs so I won't feel quite as alone and nutty as normal.


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