This could be an anxiety issue. There is a specific type of anxiety, called illness anxiety, in which people believe that they have some terrible ailment. It can persist without evidence and despite reassurances from friends, family and even mental health professionals.
If you don’t meet the criteria for psychopathy and there’s no evidence to suggest that your behavior is indicative of psychopathy, and the psychologist who evaluated you doesn’t believe that you have psychopathy, then it’s unlikely that you have psychopathy. Believing in reality is ultimately the best cure for anxiety.
Psychopathy is relatively rare. Only approximately one in 100 people is a psychopath. Psychopathy doesn’t come and go when you’re tired, anxious or menstruating. It is a chronic condition that begins in childhood. Nothing in your letter would suggest that you are a psychopath. Just because you fear it to be true does not mean that it is true. In fact, fears are often irrational and likely indicative of illogical thinking.
Mental health treatment is the best way to overcome your anxiety about having severe mental health disorders. If you believe in the facts, participate in treatment and avoid behavior that reinforces your fears, you can overcome this problem. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle