Health anxiety is the experience of thinking about a threat to your health, which consequently triggers your anxiety response. Health anxiety can occur for people who are generally physically healthy, have real but undiagnosed medical symptoms, and people who have a diagnosed medical condition. Common triggers for health anxiety are: having experienced a medical condition, someone close to you experiences a serious illness, the death of someone close to you, having a parent/caregiver with health anxiety, and bombardment of negative information from the media.
Note: Gastrointestinal symptoms, in particular, are often comorbid with generalized anxiety, health anxiety and depressive symptoms. There is a strong connection between our gut and mental health.
Take inventory of your symptoms. The following are common symptoms of health anxiety: