July 27, 2010
Living With a Hypochondriac
After more than 20 years of living with a hypochondriac, I am at the end of my rope. Just weeks after burying my father who had died from an excruciating battle with stomach cancer, my husband began believing that he had cancer, and no amount of medical testing can convince him that his acid reflux will not eventually kill him. This has been going on for over six months, and I really don't know what to do. While he recognizes that he has an anxiety disorder, he refuses to go to treatment saying that his type of anxiety is "the worst" and therapy can't help him. I love my husband dearly, but after seeing my father die of real cancer, my husband's imaginary cancer is just too hard for me to handle. He has imagined he had cancer many times over the years (skin, testicular, prostate...), but each time he gets over his cancer scare just seems to lead him to some other issue. Advice?