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i have extreme anxiety and irrational phobia regarding heart health. i have had numerous normal tests but can't seem to shake the feeling i should have another test. ?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
40 years experience Clinical Psychology
Heart issue concerns: that have been ruled out by multiple tests will not go away w/more tests. Please see a mental health professional who can treat you for this phobia. It may be OCD or another type of anxiety disorder but there are lots of reasons to be hopeful for a good outcome. Peace and good health.
Answered on May 25, 2017
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Dr. Andrew Berry
14 years experience Clinical Psychology
Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety or 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.
Answered on May 25, 2017
Dr. Beverly Dexter
25 years experience Clinical Psychology
Health anxiety: You could benefit greatly from a thorough assessment. Phobias and irrational fears always started somewhere, usually from a real threat, but it could have happened a while ago. I can do an assessment for you if you haven't already had a thorough assessment by an anxiety disorders expert
Answered on Jun 11, 2017
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Dr. Steven Griggs
39 years experience Clinical Psychology
Hypochondriasis is: an anxiety condition that causes you to be overly fearful of disease. The key element is that you aren't physically (or mentally) sick (other than the extreme anxiety over the possibility). You just worry and obsess about it to the point of interfering with your peace of mind. If your MD said you are OK, then next seek out behavioral treatment. Try a psychologist or psychiatrist.
Answered on May 25, 2017
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Dr. Richard Zimon
59 years experience Internal Medicine
Spot On Dr Griggs!...Tests do not "cure" this condition, counseling is necessary!
Oct 17, 2015
Dr. Michael Simpson
24 years experience Clinical Psychology
Health Anxiety: Have you considered either meeting a health psychologist or starting a program on your own? This is a good resource to get started with. http://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/resources/infopax.cfm?Info_ID=53
Answered on Feb 16, 2017
Dr. Susan Feingold
29 years experience Clinical Psychology
Seek therapy: It may be a sign of OCD and it would help to work w a therapist on your obsessive thoughts particularly if you have ruled out cardiac problems. Seek treatment from a psychologist who specializes in anxiety and works w obsessive thinking.
Answered on May 25, 2017
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Dr. Steven Griggs
39 years experience Clinical Psychology
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39 years experience Clinical Psychology
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Dr. Miroslava Fox
15 years experience Clinical Psychology
See below: Having more tests won't solve your fears. I would recommend start seeing a psychologist to help you figure out what is triggering your anxiety. Be well!
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
Dr. Judith Tellerman
42 years experience Clinical Psychology
Anxiety: Since you've had numerous tests and if they are from reputable doctors and labs, then it would be good for you to consult with a psychologist to learn how to cope with your anxiety. There are also medicines to help with anxiety.
Answered on Jun 6, 2017

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