Hypochondria, also known as health anxiety, is a complex issue that affects many of us from time to time. Hypochondria is when we worry about our health – but take those worries to extraordinary levels. Most of us will experience mild hypochondria at some stage in our life, but if we become preoccupied or obsessive about our health, and the symptoms of illness we imagine we have, this is when hypochondria becomes an issue. When the worries become overwhelming, and when they start to cause us distress or prevent us from behaving normally, then it is time to take action.
The causes of hypochondria will vary according to the individual. Most commonly hypochondria is found among four types of people:
You may want to know how to stop being a hypochondriac because you have found yourself in a vicious circle. You may constantly check yourself for symptoms until you find something to worry about, and then misinterpret your symptoms as something more serious than it actually is. You may be someone who seeks constant reassurance from friends, family and your doctors for your symptoms and yet the comfort you derive from such reassurance is too short-lived.
This vicious circle of hypochondria can eventually lead to panic attacks and depression, and this is very serious indeed.
If you are becoming concerned about your own health anxiety, then there are a few things you can try. You can ask a medical professional how to stop being a hypochondriac or try the following techniques.
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Are you always worrying about the latest health scare? Do you often find yourself fearing that you might be seriously ill? Or are you someone who pooh-poohs the media's latest health scare and believes that life's too short to worry? Find out more about hypochondria and discover the signs and symptoms of this debilitating condition. Then take our quiz and learn just how much of a hypochondriac you are!
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