In health anxiety you are making anxious and sometimes terrifying predictions about your health and focusing lots of attention on physical sensations or symptoms which leads to increased anxiety.
Factors that may keep the health anxiety going, typically include:
- Seeking reassurance from others such as GP, or member of family.
- Focusing all your attention on physical symptoms or sensations.
- Checking your body for symptoms or repeatedly reading medical related information to diagnose a physical sensation.
Psychological help would typically involve identifying and challenging the anxious prediction about the physical sensation. You may also be encouraged to gradually reduce the old coping strategies, such as reducing reassurance seeking.