Some of the common symptoms of health anxiety
Have you been feeling?
Have you had thoughts like?
- ‘Something is wrong with my health’
- ‘Something terrible is going to happen to me’
- ‘I am ill/unwell’
- ‘The doctor has missed something , I am going to die’
- ‘I might die if I don’t find someone who can help me’
Have you noticed?
- uncomfortable sensations in your body
- you are constantly worrying about your health
- you are imaging the worst
- you are scanning your body for any abnormal sensations or symptoms
- you are constantly seeking reassurance from friends, family, and doctors from your symptoms
- you are avoiding anything that you think may make you more ill
- researching illnesses and symptoms on the internet, television, or in books
Possible causes of health anxiety
- stressful life events – these can be unwelcome or traumatic, such as being unwell, being bullied at work, getting divorced, or being attacked/abused
- seriousness illness or death within your friends or family
- anxiety and obsessive personality traits
- learnt behaviour – you can learn to worry and be anxious; your childhood or life experiences may be the reason for this
How common is health anxiety?
Health anxiety is experienced by 6.7 per cent of people in England.