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What is Health Anxiety?

Health Anxiety (also known as Hypochondria) is an anxiety disorder characterised by clinically significant anxiety caused by excessive and unfounded fear about one's health. The average age of Health Anxiety onset is late adolescence / early adulthood.


Signs of Health Anxiety

The term Health Anxiety is commonly used to describe an anxiety disorder, characterised by the following signs:

  • Marked fear or anxiety with respect to one or more physical illnesses, based on the incorrect interpretation of one or more physical signs or symptoms.
  • Tendency to negatively interpret physical signs or symptoms, even after receiving reassurance from expert doctors.
  • Tendency to book appointments with many doctors and if they do not receive confirmation of a diagnosis, they may continue to seek second, third and fourth opinions from other doctors.
  • Presence of excessive checking behaviours where they will look for marks, lumps, sores and rashes on their body which may indicate the onset of a physical illness.

Treatment for Health Anxiety in London

Research has shown that most effective treatment for Health Anxiety is Cognitive Behavioural therapy.

For more information about talking therapy and treatment programmes available at our Clinics in London please visit our Treatment page.


Getting Therapy for Health Anxiety in London

We offer Psychological Therapies for Health Anxiety to Adults, Children and Teenagers at our clinics in Central London.


Health Anxiety Counselling Team

All our Therapists offer Psychological Therapy for Health Anxiety treatment to Adults, Children and Teenagers. Click here to meet the Team.


Fees

Sessions with our Psychologists are by prepaid appointments only. You can find out more about our fees on our Fees Page.

Recent Blog Posts on Health Anxiety

Recent Blog Posts on Health Anxiety

Managing Health Anxiety with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: A Comprehensive Guide

By Dr Martina Paglia | 18 February 2023
Managing Health Anxiety with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: A Comprehensive Guide

Health anxiety, also known as hypochondria, is a condition that can significantly impact your daily life. If you’re constantly worried about your health and experiencing physical symptoms, you may benefit from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). In this article, we’ll explore […]

Overcoming Health Anxiety: How Therapy Can Help

By Dr Martina Paglia | 18 February 2023
Overcoming Health Anxiety: How Therapy Can Help

Health anxiety is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Also known as hypochondria, it is characterized by excessive worry and anxiety about one’s health, which can significantly impact a person’s quality of life. In this article, we’ll […]

Living with Health Anxiety: Coping Strategies and Self-help Tips

By Dr Martina Paglia | 18 February 2023
Living with Health Anxiety: Coping Strategies and Self-help Tips

Health anxiety, also known as hypochondria, is a condition where individuals worry excessively about their health, often to the point of obsessiveness. This can lead to a range of physical and psychological symptoms, including panic attacks, depression, and social isolation. […]

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