Posts tagged ‘Hypochondriac’

December 5, 2011

Disorder #5 (Finale): Hypochondriasis

DISCLAIMER: refer to introductory post here

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Definition: chronic and abnormal anxiety about imaginary symptoms and ailments.

Often times, hypochondriacs persist even after a physician has evaluated and reassured them that their concerns about symptoms do not have an underlying medical basis or, if there is a medical illness.  Their concerns are far in excess of what is appropriate for the level of disease.

When I first thought up the idea to write this series, I only had one or two disorders in mind.  As I began to reflect more and more in this past month, I began to be confronted with a realization of problems rooted in my subconscious.  Flaws I would have never admitted to having before started surfacing naturally.  Every mistake I made or awkward social moment I experienced could be traced back to some form of clinical illness.  I almost became overwhelmed by how “messed up” I was.

Gospel Connection:  Sin works in cunning ways.  It can persuade good people to do bad things, as convention will tell us is the mold for “evil.”  However, it can also persuade good people to do great things… just with the underlying motive of self-gain and acknowledgement.  It influences you to commit certain acts, but also refrain from others.  It will convince you of something you’re not, and dissuade you of something you are.  While sin can feed your ego into an inflated pomposity, it can also debilitate you to a state of self-deprecating paranoia.

The beauty of the Gospel is that we are responsible for sin.  How is that beautiful, you ask?  Sin isn’t just an external evil that is the cause of oppression we see throughout history and the world today.  If it were, we would merely be victims of an overwhelming, and unbeatable entity that is just “a part of life.”  In that scenario, there is no hope.  If we can come to terms with that fact that sin is actually rooted in our own human nature, and that we are accountable for it, we can begin to see the hope for redemption that God promised.  It may seem like we’re still fighting the same fight we couldn’t win in the previous scenario, but that’s where the beauty comes in.  Salvation is rooted in the One who came and finished the work we seek to do ourselves, on the Cross.  We no longer have to toil while bonded to our never-attainable standards of perfection.  It is only under the blood of Christ can we find the perfect balance between humility and pride.  Humble from recognizing our depraved state, but proud because of the truth that we are made righteous in the sight of God regardless of our faults.  We may be as messed up as we thought were, even more; but praise the Lord for the life, death and resurrection of the Son.