Health Anxiety, or Hypochondiasis, is a condition where a person is excessively concerned with having a serious illness or disease. Persons with Hypocondriasis will feel anxiety in response to normal bodily sensations and misinterpret these bodily sensations as dangerous, leading to bodily checking, internet research, and unneeded medical examinations. About 5% of the population meets criteria for Hypocondriasis, making it a common condition.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the most effective treatment for health anxiety. Treatment includes challenging faulty beliefs about health conditions and engaging in activities that elicit fear without checking those symptoms.