6 signs you may be a hypochondriac — and what to do about it
Monday, 24 August · 1 min read

Does a new ache or lump send you into a panic? Are you worried when you think you’ve got a high temperature? If yes, you may be wondering if you’re a hypochondriac.

Health anxiety — or hypochondria — is a condition where you worry that you’re ill or may become ill to such an extent that it gets in the way of your everyday life.

To see if you might have it, ask yourself some questions. Do you:

  • worry that minor symptoms may mean you have a serious condition
  • regularly check your body for problems, such as aches, lumps or sores
  • spend a lot of time online trying to self-diagnose your symptoms
  • seek reassurance from a doctor or people around you that you’re not ill
  • worry that a doctor hasn’t diagnosed you properly
  • think you may have a particular illness after reading about it

If you answered yes to most of these questions, you may have health anxiety.

See a doctor if you’re always worrying about your health and it's having a negative impact on your life. You may also find our tips below helpful.

Quote of the day

Hypochondria is the only illness I don't have.

Tony Hancock, comedian and actor

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