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Extreme Health Anxiety
Need more specifics: I'd 1st want 2know more, like: when r u having these thoughts? Is a frightening thought related 2 ur health just popping into ur head & getting stuck? What r some examples of the what-if-this-bad -thing-happens thoughts? Is there anything u do that helps u calm down when u r having 1 of these thoughts? >to get help targeted 2ur specific experiences consider getting a formal diagnostic assessment. ...Read more
Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more
I am having extreme health anxiety after a serious illness that has now been cured. My vigilance in checking for symptoms have taken over my life and made me unbearably anxious. On meds and in therapy?
Which one should one seek for extreme health anxiety? Psychiatrists or psychologists? Seem the same to me but would like to know which better suited.
As a psychologist...: I'd start there — ideally you'll find a psychologist with a special interest in "health" concerns. Psychologists often can spend a longer time with a new patient and in their diagnostic process, if they believe a medication will help, they'll refer you for that. Learning strategies to self-manage anxiety can be useful in many ways + no negative side effects! Shop around for a good fit. Best! ...Read more
I have extreme health anxiety. No money/insurance for counseling and live in a rural area. No "pro-bono". Any suggestions? Can't live like this anymore
Try to find a: Sliding-scale clinic using the blue pages of your phone book. Call houses of worship and ask if they know of one. Ask your doc. Local colleges may have a counseling center that can help. A book called feeling good by david burns may also be helpful, but you need to work w/the book, not just read it. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Extreme health anxiety. Symptoms always make me feel like I have a terminal illness (dizziness, racing heart, headache ect) also have ear?
I have been diagnosed with frozen shoulder and am having physio therapy. Today after therapy I began having throbbing pain in armpit. Is it related, I have extreme health anxiety and am terrified?
Likely.: A frozen shoulder is caused by collapse of the shoulder joint capsule, and adhesion of the capsule onto itself. During pt, sometimes the capsule is stretched and the adhesion may come apart. It can be very painful. It should resolve with time, but if you are concerned, notify your physician. ...Read more
I suffer from extreme level of health anxiety. I am always concerned of different areas of body. How can I settle down and get married?
Health Anxiety: Can be very unsettling but it is also very treatable. Please see a mental health professional after medical conditions are ruled out by your doc. Self-disclosure is a part of any relationship so share your concerns w/your potential partner. Cognitive therapy and clinical hypnosis can be very effective. See www.asch.net for some referrals or leads for clinical hypnosis. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Have severe OCD of health concerns & extreme anxiety which meds have the highest rate of controlling and least side effects?
OCD is one type of: An anxiety disorder. IF you have that it is very treatable. There are mental health professionals who specialize in the treatment of OCD. Although anti-depressants can play a role in treatment, please don't use them w/out good psychotherapy. OCD can manifest in health fears. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Apart from anti depressants and cbt any other advanced medication available for health anxiety. Doctor has written echo@lveh. Stress test negative.
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See a Psychiatrist for Medication benefits and side effects including Lorazepam, Alprazolam, and Buspar (buspirone) for Anxiety; and Therapy for stresses in your life.
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I hav health anxiety, I get giddy, wobbly, faint, tingly lips, shaky, tight head, panicy, extreme fear, are these symptoms my disorder my dr says yes? Pls help
Could be anxiety: See a psychiatrist for a thorough work-up including labs ordered by your pmd. If your picture fits an anxiety disorder and it appears that appropriate labs have been done, then treatment recommendations including psychotherapy should be discussed. If your work-up was incomplete, the psychiatrist may order some more labs to rule out physical causes. If the psychiatrist still thinks that there may be something physical causing your symptoms, he or she may send you to another specialist in another area of medicine for further evaluation. Best wishes. ...Read more
Severe panic in with Agoraphobia and GAD and health anxiety. I take high dose Xanax XR and Zoloft. Weaning from Zoloft to Prozac having extreme anxiet?
Add therapy: Certainly the medication may be adjusted as there are various choices in a situation and some people may respond better to one medication as compared to another. Therapy should probably be added to the treatment mix as there are various techniques that may be helpful in reducing your symptoms. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
Vicious cycle: When prone to worrying about health, one is vigilant for bodily changes and notices the slightest "sign" of illness. The more one "looks," the more likely something is to be noticed. The more what is noticed is attended, the larger it seems. This is in addition to the cascade of chemicals that wash over you as you obsess, which also heighten your sensitivity to changes. Self help guide below. ...Read more
Yes: It certainly can. Most often it magnifies concern over minor problems or normal presentation of anatomy or physiology. See your md and rule out problems you are concerned about and ask for a referral to a mental health professional who I am sure can help with your anxiety. Good luck! ...Read more
If u have health anxiety and are obsessed by an illness can u imagine the symptoms u have read about?
Can health anxiety really affect the body that much? I read about a symptom then get it and end up terrified
Yes, it can: 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 ...Read more
I think I might have health anxiety, it is really hard to come with it, is there anything I can do to make it better?
Consider: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.Get a more detailed answer ›
Is it normal for someone with health anxiety to notice symptoms of the diseases they believe they are suffering from?
Yes: That is the curse of having health anxiety. Normal bodily sensations and abnormal bodily sensations all are perceived as signs of illness... making it very difficult for either the patient or the doctor to tell when the patient is actually sick (other than suffering the sickness of health anxiety). The patient must teach himself which of his pains, his cramps, his sniffles, etc., are normal. ...Read more
How to end the health anxiety? I couldn't stop myself diagnosing new illnesses. Does NASSAs help to reduce my anxiety levels?
If u suffer with health anxiety can u imagine pain that u don't really have I keep getting pain and when I forget about it goes?
Yes: My research definitely supports your experience and it is not just imaginary — it's self-hypnosis in a manner. Your 'expectation' of pain actually creates a change in your body. The good thing is that it works in reverse too. Expectations of relief are a major part of most treatments successes — they are the placebo effect. Some health psychologists can teach you how to get that benefit and relax. ...Read more
Do you think that HealthTap is a good resource for reassuring people with health anxiety, or dangerous and encouraging their condition?
HealthTap: This site provides information — how any one individual person responds to that information varies and is not the fault of the company or the information provided. I believe the site is a wonderful resource which is why I take my time to contribute. With accurate physician-provided information, individuals can take more control of their own health. Knowledge is power. ...Read more
Health anxiety? Been scared and worried about my health for 2014 that it has affected my lifestyle negatively. How do I calm myself down?
Anxiety focused on: Health issues suggests a POSSIBLE phobia or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Please see a mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment. Please don't use medication only. Therapy can be more long-lasting and empowering. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Hello. I was just wonderring. When you have health anxiety, how can you work your self out of it? My anxiety moves, from one place to another.
If ULearn the Skills: Living w/high levels of anxiety is like being in a leaky boat: just as u plug one leak (a what-if) the boat springs another! If u can learn 2recognize when u're in a what-if state u'll have taken a huge step! U'll b able 2tell urself "I'm feeling anxious" &ask "what bad thing am i expecting 2happen?" at this point ur thinking brain will regain control & can help u apply ur anxiety-lowering skills. ...Read more
I have had some health anxiety, and I know I'm really healthy but what's a good way for me to stop noticing everything in my body? I want to move on.
Health anxiety: Or hypochondriasis is an anxiety disorder. You mention you know you are healthy, which is great! Staying healthy by keeping medical appts, maintaining healthful diet and exercise, and engaging with people you care abt are all important things we can all do to keep up our health. You may want to talk with your doc about effective anxiety treatments for u, which may include an SSRI or CBT. ...Read more
You mean: Concerns regarding your health, I suppose. One little step at a time, direct your attention on what your health allows you to do well. Like breathing, talking, laughing, walking, etc. Take two or three deep breaths and enjoy feeling alive. If you find yourself too worried and anxious about your health, talk therapy can be very helpful to help u overcome your anxiety. Wishing you the best. ...Read more
Yes, there is: Cognitive behavioral psychotherapy is the mainstay of treatment for this problem. It helps you learn your triggers and manage certain thinking patterns that lead to health anxiety. Also, sometimes medications can help with the symptoms as needed. It's best overall if you have a trustworthy primary care physician as part of your team, to work with you on any physical health concerns as well. ...Read more
I'm a 16 y/o male & i have alot of health anxiety about cancer.I am really healthy and fit. I was wondering what are some of the most common symptoms r?
Different types: So many cancers — they don't share symptoms except for very generally if at all. A basic full exam w/ blood work and other basic labs would raise flags for deeper work — if there's no flag — you can relax. This is especially true for young healthy folk. Unexpected weight loss and internal bleeding, lumps or moles that are unusual, sore throat, etc. that lasts long w/ dry coughing may alert you. ...Read more