Are We a Nation of Hypochondriacs? – Let's Discuss Health Phobias For a Moment

When it comes to health and fitness, whether it is physical or mental health, the world of health phobias is alive and well. Indeed, you do not have to go too far to read an article on the topic. One big national discussion we are having right now has to do with PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, specifically those coming home from Afghanistan and Iraq, but this is a mental condition, which manifests as a physical condition. But this is just one type of clinical phobias, we have an even larger problem in the US, let me explain.

What we have now is a nation full of hypochondriacs, folks who are so afraid of becoming sick that they make themselves sick, fear there is a whole industry to support this, one with Big Pharma leading the way and the entire Medical Industrial Complex, unfortunately it is being financed by our tax dollars, worse, it keeps growing, and it's definitely not healthy. I fear this current trend is nothing but unhealthy for America's economy and our great people.

You see, clinical phobias are unhealthy, non-psychological conditions, mental challenges such as hypochondria are also quite unfortunate. As I read and study articles, research papers, and reports on this topic, something occurred to me, perhaps it has occurred to you too. We seem to have an abundance of television advertisements reminding people that something is not quite right. Perhaps you've seen the advertisement on television which asks if you have sleepy leg syndrome?

Let me tell you as an athlete who has run marathons, I've sat down crossed my legs or sat incorrectly and 20-30 minutes later my legs felt as if something was wrong. That's natural, the blood flow has been restricted, but it should not have you rushing to your doctor for a special prescription. This sort of drug marketing is a real problem. We are in fact, just maybe, causing the exact problem we claim to be trying to solve. Please consider all this.