We all worry about our health from time to time, this is normal. Health anxiety is when you worry excessively about having a serious health condition, despite having tests that have shown you are not experiencing it.
A common sign of health anxiety is regularly checking your body for signs or symptoms of a serious illness and asking friends, family, or your GP many times if it could be something serious.
It could be that are worried about one illness, such as cancer or heart problems, or you are worried about lots of different health problems.
Symptoms can include:
- You are overly worried and distracted about being seriously ill, or becoming seriously ill
- You become easily concerned or upset about changes to your personal health
- You repeatedly check and monitor yourself for signs and symptoms of a serious illness
- You need more medical care for a serious illness, or you avoid medical checks through a fear that a serious illness will be diagnosed
You can learn more about health anxiety in the booklet and video on this page.