HEALTH ANX­I­ETY?

Women's Health (UK) - - STRONG MIND -

In­di­vid­u­als with health-fo­cused anx­i­ety con­stantly worry about their health. This may come out of the blue or it may be trig­gered by a health scare or that of fam­ily and friends who have been un­well. They may fre­quently trawl the in­ter­net to work out what might be wrong with them, as well as check­ing their body for signs of ill­ness. Some in­di­vid­u­als may even avoid ac­tiv­i­ties that they fear may make them un­well, which can lead to so­cial iso­la­tion. It’s not un­com­mon for symp­toms of de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety to de­velop. Treat­ment is usu­ally through psy­cho­log­i­cal (talk­ing) ther­apy and, in some cases, med­i­ca­tion, too. Dr Sarah Vohra, con­sul­tant psy­chi­a­trist and au­thor @the­mindmedic

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