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I have health anxiety & im so scared of pancreatic cancer. Seems like people get it regardless of health. I'm 20 years old & scared ill get it soon : (?

I have health anxiety & im so scared of pancreatic cancer. Seems like people get it regardless of health. I'm 20 years old & scared ill get it soon : (?

A good concern: Pancreatic cancer is one of the most feared cancer. It along with brain cancer (glioblastoma multiforme) is the most difficult to treat. Pancreatic cancer tends to be a disease of older patients. Early symptoms related to liver dysfunction (nausea/vomiting, new diabetes mellitus, jaundice) may be hints that it is occurring and triggers an evaluation. Newer diagnostic tests are being developed. ...Read more

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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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Could health anxiety cause you to imagine symptoms that are not really there?

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

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Can health anxiety really affect the body that much? I read about a symptom then get it and end up terrified

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

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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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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 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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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

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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What's a good way to cope with health anxiety? I don't usually have these episodes. What should I think about when I get paranoid?

What's a good way to cope with health anxiety? I don't usually have these episodes. What should I think about when I get paranoid?

Check up -1st step: You want to have a complete check up with your regular doctor to be sure that you are in top shape and that there is nothing to be concerned about. If there is a health issue, you want to know the facts so you can deal with it. If anxiety and paranoid ideas persist, you should speak with a mental health specialist so you understand them and deal with them also. ...Read more

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I have very bad health anxiety so tend to assume I'm very ill when I'm not. If I had clear blood test last week, can I assume I'm relatively healthy?

Yes: This assumes you have an ongoing relationship with your GP and they have previously done any other tests that they thought might have been relevant for you ...Read more

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I have bad health anxiety. I get anxiety even worse for loved ones. Have trouble trusting doctors didn't miss something. What can I do? I'm going nuts!

Trusting Doctors: I think this is, in fact, very common. The only wisdom I have to share is that you must find a doctor that seems to get you; one who you feel safe or comfortable with. And, then you have to give the relationship some time. I love it when patients are prepared with questions...Or who are not shy. I like questions from my patients. ...Read more

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Can atenelol cause negative thoughts like fear or health anxiety?

Can atenelol cause negative thoughts like fear or health anxiety?

Atenolol Side effect: Per Drugs. Com, side effects may include: "Discouragement, feeling sad or empty, irritability, lack of appetite, loss of interest or pleasure, trouble concentrating
trouble sleeping, anxiety". ...Read more

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All my reports are normal. I still feel im sick. Like health anxiety. I feel I will die. I'm depressed and feel scared and I cannot explain why. Is it ok?

All my reports are normal. I still feel im sick. Like health anxiety. I feel I will die. I'm depressed and feel scared and I cannot explain why. Is it ok?

Normal vs Not Normal: Hi Yusu,

All your medical reports are normal which is good. Don't forget, your body and your central nervous system can make you feel really terrible; both with depression, anxiety, and even feeling sick. This may explain how you feel. So yes, nothing would be "medically" wrong with you. It may be the depression, feeling you will die, feeling scared, and the anxiety that may actually be the issue ...Read more

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What causes health anxiety? Is it a brain disorder? Hereditary? I have always been scared of things more then other kids? But not as bad as I am nw?

Depends.: Some people have predisposition to anxiety if one or even both parents have excessive anxiety which may or may not obvious precipitating factors. There are other conditions under anxiety disorders that may be associated such as panic disorder, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorders, acute stress disorder, ptsd and for children, separation anxiety. ...Read more

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I might developed some kind on HIV hypochondria, or serious health anxiety. Ihave 3 negative tests and I still think about it. How can I get my life back?

I might developed some kind on HIV hypochondria, or serious health anxiety. Ihave 3 negative tests and I still think about it. How can I get my life back?

Meditation: Since the facts are clear you don't have HIV you need to focus on letting go of something that isn't real. Imagine a bonfire where you sit in front of. Write your concerns on a piece of paper, crumple it and throw it into the fire and watch your concerns disappear into smoke. When the thoughts reappear imagine them once again disappearing into smoke. ...Read more

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I have allergy problems that leads to dizziness, then I worry about the dizziness cause I have health anxiety. Could anxiety make the symptoms linger?

I have allergy problems that leads to dizziness, then I worry about the dizziness cause I have health anxiety. Could anxiety make the symptoms linger?

Worry about worry: Not sure if the symptoms you are referring are part of the anxiety or the allergies but anxiety can exacerbate physical symptoms or increase one’s susceptibility to physical illness. It’s important to bear in mind that anxiety is not linear. People seldom if ever have one wave of anxiety that gets progressively worse. It comes in several waves that build on each other. Your worry about the anxiety ...Read more

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I am 27 years old and suffer from mild "health anxiety". Could my neck cause localized pain in my head? My anxiety think it is an unruptured aneurysm

I am 27 years old and suffer from mild "health anxiety". Could my neck cause localized pain in my head? My anxiety think it is an unruptured aneurysm

Aneurysm fear can be: Very uncomfortable. You need to see your doc to rule out medical conditions and then have your anxiety treated by a mental health professional. Please don't use medication only. Learn some skills for coping w/anxiety such as meditation, clinical hypnosis, etc. See www. Relaxationresponse. Org for some self-help. We can't control much in life. Do what you can and let it go. Don't be Atlas. ...Read more

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Health Anxiety, On 7th Day Lustral 50 after a quit & get rebound, the first days I's feeling depression now I feel anxious, is this normal? I'm with dr

Yes: Hey Salam khaled it is normal, this kind of medication take 2-3 weeks to feel the real effect so be patient and stick with your doctor advises. You are young and healthy be strong and you can fight this every one of us go through tough time that not a weakness it is a strength it will leave us stronger. Bilsalamah inshallah ...Read more

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I have really bad health anxiety, everytime there is something off on my body, like rash, I think cancer and I get scared! I don't know what to do! Help?

I have really bad health anxiety, everytime there is something off on my body, like rash, I think cancer and I get scared! I don't know what to do! Help?

Fear of CA: You sound just like my son. He feels just like you. You will need to research a local doc who can see you when you need to check anything abnormal out...part of our job as docs is to take care of all of you. On the statistics side cancer at your age is very rare. Use the web to look up your symptoms and reassure yourself. You are welcome to join my virtual practice as well. ...Read more

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Would any injury be caused if my lower back cracked by someone hugging me? Nothing else hurts but I'm quite paranoid. I have health anxiety.

Back cracking: The sound of back cracking especially if you did not experience pain was probably noise from your zygapophyseal joints and not dangerous. Cavitation if joint fluids causes gas to be released in the joint capsules and it is non pathological. Also, if you have problems with anxiety or undue worry, you can retrain yourself with cognitive behavioral therapy please read about it and see an MD. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of health anxiety? How can I stop being paranoid about my health? It is so easy now to diagnose oneself over the internet..

How can I get rid of health anxiety? How can I stop being paranoid about my health? It is so easy now to diagnose oneself over the internet..

See a doctor: Best thing to do is see you primary care doctor for a physical exam, and to address any concerns you may have. She can give you reassurance if everything checks out ok. ...Read more

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How can I get over my health anxiety? It's really bad and I always think I have some kind of cancer and school stress doesn't help. How do I overcome?

How can I get over my health anxiety? It's really bad and I always think I have some kind of cancer and school stress doesn't help. How do I overcome?

Psychotherapy: A good Health Psychologist can really help with this problem - you need to trust them and be willing to learn and it will be successful. Best wishes. Avoid medication unless they think it is really needed - that can start you on a long road and if you can do it without - you'll be better off. ...Read more

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What is health anxiety? Why do I have a fear of dying? Why when I get any illness do I suddenly think Cancer??

What is health anxiety? Why do I have a fear of dying? Why when I get any illness do I suddenly think Cancer??

Think of Hiccups: 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. ...Read more

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Can severe health anxiety over heart cause frequent heart flutters during the day. Have had multiple ekgs in the past all were normal.

Can severe health anxiety over heart cause frequent heart flutters during the day. Have had multiple ekgs in the past all were normal.

Yes, change it: Stop consuming high carb foods (grains, lentils, potatoes based items). Also avoid milk protein since it causes inflammation. All these foods cause heart disease and anxiety.

Consume whole eggs, fish, meats, vegetables, avocados, saturated fat (butter, coconut oil), olive oil daily. Get 30-45 minutes of sunshine daily at noon or take vitD3 10, 000 IU/day. You should notice a difference in 1 month ...Read more