Health Anxiety is an anxiety disorder that is very similar to OCD and is characterised by intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviours (compulsions). People who develop health anxiety (also known as hypochondria) is characterised by a fear of serious illness, even when there’s no medical evidence to support this.
The physical symptoms of anxiety such as rapid heart rate, headaches, chest pain and shortness of breath compound the problem, and often people experiencing health anxiety mistake it for a physical illness. While there’s no immediate risk, people who suffer from health anxiety may find their condition extremely draining. If you’re constantly worrying about your health and are experiencing any of the above symptoms, then it’s important to seek help.
One option to consider is hypnotherapy.
Hypnotherapy is widely regarded as a positive way to treat anxiety disorders. In fact, medical professionals now recommend hypnotherapy for health anxiety in cases where CBT alone is not working as well as expected.