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Are you obsessively worried about your health? Talk to someone today.

Health Anxiety / Illness Phobia

Health anxiety treatments in Cardiff, Newport, Bridgend, South Wales and London.

Individuals who experience  health anxiety disorders often find that it results in a serious impact on their health and mental well being. Health anxiety is an anxiety disorder that is often considered within the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) spectrum of disorders.

This condition is known as health anxiety, illness phobia / illness anxiety or hypochondriasis. Individuals tend to have concerns with regard to severe illnesses such as cancer, HIV, AIDs, brain tumours etc. but someone suffering from this condition may fixate on any type of illness.

Those who are affected by health anxiety / illness phobia are convinced that harmless physical symptoms are indicators of serious disease or severe medical conditions. One of the main symptoms of health anxiety is that the individual may continually check their body for signs that they are developing a physical illness. They may also for example link non physical problems to having a serious illness. For example an individual who forgets where they have put their phone and other instances of temporary forgeting where they have placed objects may start to question whether they have Alzheimer’s disease.

If you are concerned that you or someone you care for is experiencing health anxiety then please contact us today.