U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 21-year-old male asked:

How can i better deal with my health anxiety? i have taken to incredibly healthy eating and i was alright for a while, but now its back.

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Stewart
Clinical Psychology 45 years experience
Managing anxiety:: The most effective treatment for anxiety is relaxation training coupled with cognitive therapy that helps you modify the thoughts, perceptions and beliefs that trigger the anxiety. Learn to accept uncertainty. Talk to a mental health professional who treats anxiety.
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 28 years experience
ERP - A form of CBT: Excessive anxiety related to physical symptoms or a medical condition, sometimes referred to as "health anxiety" or "hypochondriasis" is typically thought of as a type of obsessive compulsive disorder: People are tormented by repeated, unwanted thoughts of their health fear: http://psychcentral.com/lib/ocd-and-health-anxiety/ It responds to Exposure and Response Prevention treatment -a form of CBT
Last updated Sep 1, 2016


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.