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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

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


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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?

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

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How to overcome health anxiety?

How to overcome health anxiety?

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

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How can I get over serious health anxiety?

How can I get over serious health anxiety?

David Adams Story: Unwanted thoughts re: having a health issue is common manifestation of ocd. For compelling story about how such obsessions can take over someone's life, read this excerpt of science writer david adam's personal story of living in fear of contracting hiv: http://bit. Ly/pj1q7t (his book: the man who couldn't stop: ocd, and the true story of a life lost in thought) suggest expert diagnosis ; help! ...Read more

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Severe health anxiety after abortion any tips to deal with it?

Severe health anxiety after abortion any tips to deal with it?

See a therapist: Health anxiety, body scanning, heightened awareness of anything resembling a symptom can be alleviated with counseling. ...Read more

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I feel like I suffer from anxiety/health anxiety, how does one treat this?

I feel like I suffer from anxiety/health anxiety, how does one treat this?

Encourage you to: See a psychiatrist or psychologist for a full evaluation. Cognitive behavioral therapy is often a good approach. But you will also be offered other options. ...Read more

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What are some ways to know if you're dealing with anxiety specifically health anxiety or hypochondriac?

What are some ways to know if you're dealing with anxiety specifically health anxiety or hypochondriac?

Honesty: Be as honest as you can with yourself and your care team. If you have a history of diagnosed ailments and a family history of similar ailments a case could be made for having a genuine concern. If you're aware of hypochondriacal tendencies, be as honest with these as well. Often, true hypochondriacs have emotional issues that hypochondriasis masks. If this is the case, find a recommended therapist ...Read more

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I have acute health anxiety. How can I determine between something seriously being wrong or it just being in my head?

Anxiety: Well, if you do have symptoms other than those of anxiety, you will need to see a doc to get history and exam done. He may choose to do additional work up to rule out certain things. If nothing has been found, then anxiety can be blamed for your symptoms. ...Read more

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Do I have health anxiety? I constantly worry the doctors aren't properly diagnosing me, I repeatedly Google my physical symptoms

Do I have health anxiety? I constantly worry the doctors aren't properly diagnosing me, I repeatedly Google my physical symptoms

Health: It seems likely. I would suggest reminding yourself that at 21 your risk for disease is low. Regular activity, good diet and maintain good relationships. I have found this with the news. I find that limiting my time to reading news and not opinion keeps me informed without the anxiety. ...Read more

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Struggling with health anxiety, I always manage to convince myself I have something really wrong with me. How can I get over this?

Struggling with health anxiety, I always manage to convince myself I have something really wrong with me. How can I get over this?

Anxiety and phobia: Can focus on health. After your doc has ruled out medical conditions please see a mental health professional for therapy. Please don't use medication only but learn strategies to cope. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I have health anxiety, and in doing a full course of high intense cbt which meds are the best to help aswell as I don't think cbt is working?

Anxiety UK & the: Mayo clinic websites list types of medications. Exposure & response prevention (erp) + mindfulness cbt are effective, given time. Commonly co-existing anxiety/ depressive disorders & other mental illnesses may impede progress & require a psychiatric evaluation for diagnoses that drive medication choices. Some naturopathic medications interact with prescribed meds. Please don't give up on cbt. ...Read more

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I have health anxiety and I constantly assume every symptom is a fatal illness. This is ruining my life and I don't see any future. Only 22 : (?

I have health anxiety and I constantly assume every symptom is a fatal illness. This is ruining my life and I don't see any future. Only 22 : (?

CBT: In contrast to other forms of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy is usually more focused on the present, more time-limited, and more problem-solving oriented. In addition, patients learn specific skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. These skills involve identifying distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors. ...Read more

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I really think I may have health anxiety, I'm so sick of it ruling my life I can't even sleep without thinking I won't wake back up, please help?

I really think I may have health anxiety, I'm so sick of it ruling my life I can't even sleep without thinking I won't wake back up, please help?

See a counselor: Anxiety disorder is not uncommon and can be treated. Be open to talking with your doctor about this and also to a trained specialist who can help you with further evaluation and treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have health anxiety and after 4 months of medication my psychosomatic symptoms seemed to mostly go away but they're back for almost a week. Why?

Not sure.: Are you premenstrual or having your period? Are there new stressors/ triggers coming up? Are you touching on an anxiety inducing issue in therapy? If you aren't in some form of talking therapy - strongly recommend that. Take care. ...Read more

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I have severe anxiety/health anxiety. I don't really want to take meds for this but I would like to have some normalcy in my life. What could help?

I have severe anxiety/health anxiety. I don't really want to take meds for this but I would like to have some normalcy in my life. What could help?

Anxiety: There are a # of ways to address anxiety: Cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psychotropic medications, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Homeopathy, meditation, Yoga, exercise program or Progressive muscle relaxation. ...Read more

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Can health anxiety (hypochondria)cause u to imagine symptoms that aren't there? Keep thinking I have different diseases and then seem to notice symptoms

Yes: Anxiety is the result of hidden fears. These fears/anxiety causes normal events to be exaggerated in the mind. If your doctor has assured you that you are well, consult a mental health professional. ...Read more

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