Because it’s a part of your being, anxiety won’t go away completely. But you can lessen its grasp through understanding and self-awareness.
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What triggers health anxiety?
Health anxieties or other anxiety disorders in your family. Childhood illness or serious illness in your family during childhood. Mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression. Trauma, such as rape or physical or emotional abuse.
Why do I worry so much about my health?
Illness anxiety disorder, sometimes called hypochondriasis or health anxiety, is worrying excessively that you are or may become seriously ill. You may have no physical symptoms.
Is health anxiety common?
Health anxiety is a relatively common condition, known to affect some 4% to 5% of people.
How do I stop obsessing over my health?
You might utilize relaxation skills, deep breathing, mindfulness practice, being in nature, or other soothing activities that ground you back in the present moment. These are tools that can help you to refocus attention when thoughts about the body are all-consuming.
How do you calm down hypochondria?
Professional treatments for hypochondria include: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is very helpful for reducing patient fears. Behavioral stress management or exposure therapy may be helpful. Psychotropic medications, such as anti-depressants, are sometimes used to treat health anxiety disorder.
What health anxiety feels like?
Many people with health anxiety are often unable to function or enjoy life due to their fears and preoccupations. They obsess over bodily functions (breathing, heartbeat), physical oddities (skin blemishes), and physical discomfort (headaches, stomach aches, lightheadedness).