Want to stop worrying about your health?
Although doctors tell you medical tests are fine and there’s nothing to worry about, you feel anxious. Initially you may feel reassured, but soon you begin to wonder, “ what if they have made a mistake?” There could be something terribly with me and tests aren’t picking it up. You look symptoms up on Google and find serious conditions’ symptoms like yours. It’s then hard to get it out of your head.
If you can relate to this you may be among 5.7% of Australians who experience Health Anxiety in their lifetime1.
What is Health Anxiety?
Health Anxiety also known as Hypochondria is characterised by excessive worrying about your health. This worry negatively impacts your every day life including work and personal life. You may have an actual medical condition you worry about excessively. You may have symptoms that cannot be medically explained such as aches and pains. Although your doctor may reassure everything is fine, you believe it is due to serious conditions such as a tumour/cancer for instance. You may constantly worry about your future health and ask yourself: What if I get cancer or die of a heart attack?
If left untreated, you Health Anxiety will only get worse. You will begin to look for everything and anything that could explain every ache or discomfort you may have. You won’t stop at having constant medical check ups, but also hassle family and friends about assuring you that there’s nothing wrong with you. You may even begin to seek second and third opinions. Health Anxiety will start to take over every aspect of your life and affect your relationship with your loved ones.
At Vida Psychology we will make sense of your Health Anxiety including where and how it may have originated. You will learn how not to worry about every ache and pain and not become obsessed about what could be wrong with you.
You will learn how to be more at ease about your health in general and stop hassling those around you for reassurance your health is OK. Not to mention save money and time on Medical tests.
If you are sick and tired of worrying about your health and want to put a stop to it, call one of highly specialised Psychologists on 9328 3636
Developing The Right Treatment Plan for you
At Vida Psychology we have over 14 years experience treating Health Anxiety. We take the time to listen how it impacts your life and those around you. This empathic listening enables us to gain a deeper understanding of the origins of your Health Anxiety, triggers, patterns, barriers keeping you stuck and what may be making it worse. This then assists us in developing a tailored treatment plan especially written for you.
If you think Health Anxiety is controlling your life and driving those closed to you away, call our Specialised Psychologists on 9328 3636. You deserve to enjoy a health anxiety free life. It all begins with a phone call today!
Reference: Sunderland, M., Newby J. M. & Andrews G. Health anxiety in Australia: prevalence, comorbidity, disability and service use. The British Journal of Psychiatry (2013) 202, 56–61.