Hypochondria (and hypochondriac, someone who has hypochondria) is a label that comes with a stigma. As a result, it’s common for people challenged by health anxiety to feel medical practitioners, family members and others are dismissive of their concerns.
Google search interest in health anxiety vs. hypochondria (2004 to date)
It’s no wonder Google search interest in health anxiety surpassed hypochondria about a decade ago, and continues to rise.
Times are changing.Read More
Safety behaviours are coping mechanisms you use in an attempt to reduce your anxiety when you feel threatened.
Ironically, these anxious behaviours raise, not reduce, your anxiety level.
Isn't it time you finally say goodbye to anxious behaviours - so you can neutralizing a major cause of health anxiety, and get one step closer to lasting recovery?Read More
Automatic negative thoughts (ANTs) happen to everyone.
What’s varies is how you interpret, and respond to those pesky ANTs.
ANTs you accept to be true, without challenging them, lead to anxious thoughts, and in time, health anxiety... but only if you let them.Read More
Health anxiety isn't about the presence or absence of illness, but your psychological reaction to a body sensation or discomfort.
You weren't born with health anxiety... nor did you consciously choose to develop it.
Somewhere along the way, your subconscious mind learned to mis-interpret health-related thoughts and physical sensations, and respond irrationally.Read More
Imagine. You just had dinner, and feel a little indigestion. 🤢
Hot flashes permeate your entire body. Your hands and feet begin to sweat.
Your mouth is dry, and you feel lump in your throat, like you’re about to choke.
Your heart starts pounding.
That was me, on an otherwise calm November evening in 2017. I thought I was about to die.Read More