What is health anxiety?
Health anxiety, also known as illness anxiety disorder or hypochondriasis, this form of anxiety is a condition characterised by excessive worry and fear about having a serious illness or medical condition. People with health anxiety often misinterpret typical bodily sensations or minor symptoms as signs of a severe medical problem.
Do most people worry about their health?
It is common for individuals to wish to be in good health. However, the amount of time spent worrying and the amount of distress an individual experiences in relation to health gives an indication that a health anxiety disorder may be present.
Symptoms of health anxiety can include frequent checking of the body for signs of illness, excessive researching of medical conditions, seeking repeated reassurance from medical professionals or loved ones, and avoiding activities or situations that may trigger anxiety about health.
Physical symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, and gastrointestinal problems may also be present.
Do I have health anxiety?
The following questionnaire can give an indication to whether Health Anxiety may be present. This assessment is not intended to be a diagnosis. You can speak with an experienced health anxiety therapist by clicking here. Click here to access a commonly used symptomatic questionnaire used in treatment by professional
What causes health anxiety?
The exact causes of health anxiety are not fully understood but may be related to a history of physical illness or trauma, a family history of anxiety or depression, or learnt behaviour from a loved one. Health anxiety can also be triggered by significant life events such as the death of a loved one or a serious illness in a family member or friend.
It is recommended to receive a psychological assessment with a health anxiety therapist to support a diagnosis. Please click here to make contact.
How to treat health anxiety?
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for health anxiety. CBT aims to help individuals identify and challenge their negative thoughts and beliefs about health, develop coping strategies for managing anxiety, and gradually confront their fears through exposure response prevention therapy (ERP). CBT may also include relaxation techniques, stress management skills, and problem-solving strategies to help individuals manage anxiety and improve overall well-being.
Evidence based treatment with a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist specialist in health anxiety treatment is available online and in-person.
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