Are you worried about your health? Most people are! But if you find yourself excessively worrying about developing a disease or falling ill then you might be suffering from what is known as “health anxiety” – this disorder can make it difficult for anyone to live a relatively stress-free life.

No sane person wants to be ill or stay ill, and if a person has to live with the anxiety of feeling or falling ill, it can really make life difficult for them.

When I was in the early years of my career, I had a friend who would always be worrying about having fever or headache. Over time, they started worrying about developing more serious illnesses and the doctors would try to convince them that on the contrary, they were perfectly fine and there was nothing to worry about. However, what I have noticed is that, often enough, your loved ones don’t necessarily understand that what you are going through is actually a form of anxiety – that was the case with my friend. People tend to brush off these concerns as mere paranoia, saying its nothing and that you are just exaggerating your health issues. What is important to realise is that you have a condition, and it can be treated. Thankfully, my friend understood this well when I sat them down; in time, they were able to overcome their anxiety.

What May Cause People to Become So Anxious About Their Health

To overcome this fear, it’s important to understand well the triggers behind it. There is no one reason behind it, and as a patient opens up, the causes of their anxiety become clearer. However, among the several potential factors, it could be a person’s inherent personality attributes. Some people tend to worry a lot in general, and when faced with minor setbacks, find it unable to remain calm, leading to increased anxiety. Another reason for this condition may be a particularly stressful time in a person’s life such as dealing with death in the family.

Having seen someone else worrying about their health constantly may also lead to the development of the condition in a person. Health anxiety may even in some cases be a symptom of an underlying condition such as depression, which requires its own diagnosis and treatment.

What Can You Do About It?

Any form of anxiety can be overcome once you understand yourself and confront your fears. Understand that fear is illogical and irrational. Repeated physical symptoms under stress are unlikely to signify any new health issues, so you must identify those and refrain from associating them to a new disease.

For the most suitable treatment option according to the degree of your disorder, you can reach me at theanxietyexpert@gmail.com.