What is Health Anxiety:
Health Anxiety, also known as Hypochondriasis, Somatic Symptom Disorder, or Illness Anxiety Disorder, is commonly associated with obsessions or fears of being seriously or terminally ill, or fearing catastrophic outcomes from either real but benign medical issues (e.g., food allergies, headaches, etc), or when there are no medical symptoms present whatsoever. Often, the individual will misread minor symptoms as something serious or life-threatening and search for reassurance, or avoid any situations or triggers that they believe caused the minor symptoms. Individuals with health anxiety may frequently visit or switch health care providers to provide relief. They may seek out information about their disease even though they already know the information. Others may feel more susceptible to disease and avoid healthcare providers for fear of receiving bad news.