Health anxiety, sometimes called hypochondriasis, often spikes when scary diseases and pandemic outbreaks are the focus in media, as is the case right now with coronavirus. Our very own Dr. Josh Spitalnick has recently been on two OCD and anxiety focused podcasts: How to Help Kids who Worry About Their Health and Dr Spitalnick’s OCD Podcast on Health Anxiety.
Without minimizing the severity or likelihood of direct impact of coronavirus, influenza, SARS, or other medical outbreaks, we are all too aware of how much it impacts those with health anxiety. Attached is a quick helpful article about just this in response to recent international news and how someone with health anxiety can get help.
Chicago Sun Times – As coronavirus spreads, anxiety spreads faster