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Monopathophobia- Fear of definite disease

All of us at some point in our lives experience being sick and provided that it’s benign, our body has coping mechanism to get us back into shape. For others, experience of a disease that is traumatic can be very stressful.

Monopathophobia is usually caused by an intense negative experience from your past. But your mind can also create that fear seemingly without basis. You know your monopathophobia is illogical but people with this disease can’t help it. But it has persisted because your subconscious has attached the idea of definite disease to all those negative emotions. People have the disease can rush to the hospital even for just a simple pain or anything unusual that they feel even if it’s just a simple flu.

Most people can also be labeled as hypochondriacs. They make the littlest symptom appear as a manifestation of a serious disease. They may have lost a loved one in the past to a deadly disease thus they fear it. Some might have also seen on TV epidemics and outbreaks thus the trigger for this phobia.

To overcome monopathophobia it is your thinking that must change. A therapist and behavioral analyst can be of great help in understanding that getting diseases is part of our life and as long as there are no other serious co-morbidities, our body has it’s defense to make us well again.