A member asked:

What is health anxiety? why do i have a fear of dying? why when i get any illness do i suddenly think cancer??

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Dr. Bernard Seif answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

means your fears express themselves w/bodily concerns. Cancer is one common one, HIV/AIDS is another. Please see a mental health professional who specializes in anxiety disorders and phobias. Dying is the ultimate loss of control and that is why folks w/anxiety fear it a bit more than others. Peace and good health.

Answered Jul 25, 2017

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Dr. Ana Adelstein answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Your fears are not uncommon. But you are getting stuck in your fears and it sounds like they are replaying themselves in your head. Think of them as forging a groove in your brain every time they pop up -a groove that gets deeper and deeper, so your brain finds it easy to go there. Asking why only serves to deepen the groove - which represents that your fear is real.

Answered Jul 18, 2016

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