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We all worry about our health from time to time, this is normal. Health anxiety is different, as it makes you worry excessively about having a serious health condition, despite having tests that show you do not have it.

If you regularly check your body for signs of a serious illness – or ask friends, family, or your GP many times if it could be something serious – this is a common sign of health anxiety.

You might worry about one particular illness, or about lots of different health problems.

Symptoms can include:

  • Overly worrying and being distracted about being seriously ill, or becoming seriously ill.
  • Becoming easily concerned or upset about changes to your personal health.
  • Repeatedly checking yourself for signs and symptoms of a serious illness.
  • Avoiding medical checks because you are afraid that a serious illness will be diagnosed.

Get support for health anxiety

You can learn more about health anxiety in the booklet and video on this page.