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I have health anxiety for about 7 months.. i would feel a physical sensation and worry that it's a deathly illness. however, i feel anxious nowadays without worrying about my health... i'm anxious without any reason. is it possible that i have health anxi

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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room.
Dr. Steven Griggs
Clinical Psychology 39 years experience
You are dealing: with hypochondriasis, potentially. That's excessively worrying about having illnesses when, physically, you don't. Start with a general physical and then seek out a psychologist if your are healthy, physically. Anxiety can be caused by many factors. Here's a starting point: http://www.psychologyproductsandservices.com/page2.html
Dr. Ana Ochoa
Clinical Psychology 9 years experience
Become conscious : It's important to become aware of the stressors in your life and learn to cope with them in a healthy way. Sometimes we become unaware of stress on our body, and the mind "solves" the problem by blaming it on an illness. But after a thorough and clear MD checkup, you're left with no real answers. Take it easy on yourself, get to a psychologist and learn new coping skills that will decrease anxiety
Dr. Julie Bruno
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Yes: Hypochondriasis is what you're experiencing. It is a form of OCD that requires both medication and behavioral intervention.
Dr. Steven Griggs
Clinical Psychology 39 years experience
Not quite. It's more related to anxiety disorders, but more recently is classified closer to somataform disorders. OCD is similar but not the same. Here's a lay reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypochondriasis
Feb 25, 2016
Dr. Fred Gallo
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Health Anx +: It seems that health anxiety or hypochondria has morphed into generalized anxiety. To a large extent, it's worrying that causes anxiety in both areas. Best to see a therapist and medication may also help to help control obsessions.
Dr. Lily Bhattacharya
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Yes and its: possible you have Generalized Anxiety disorder when you worry about many thing and you worry all the time and have muscles tension and trouble sleeping. Trying going to a psychiatrist and psychologist for some help. Good luck.
Dr. Richard Raubolt
Clinical Psychology 39 years experience
Anxiety spreads: When we become overly sensitized to physical changes anxiety can both intensify and spread to incorporate a sense of dread. See your physician first and then you might consider mindfulness exercises or EMDR. If there is still no relief insight oriented therapy has proven to be effective.
Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 42 years experience
Anxiety: It would be good to consult with a psychologist to learn how to cope with your anxiety. There are also medications that can help with this.
Dr. Kathryn Seifert
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Assessment by Dr.: A thorough evaluation by a psychologist could determine the sources of your anxiety and recommend a treatment plan. Several things you can try are relaxation app,, deep breathing exercises, mindfulness or biofeedback. You should also get a check up with your primary care doc. There may be medical reasons for your anxiety. Exercise can be helpful.
Dr. Sherry Broadwell
Clinical Psychology 23 years experience
Certainly possible: In the context of health anxiety, it is possible that recent symptoms are stress related.Best to see an MD for evaluation and treatment recommendations. The treatments that have most research support, currently, are CBT and medications, usually SSRIs, but your MD can guide in the latter. After ruling out physical basis for your symptoms, consider seeing a clinical psychologist. Hope this helpful.

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