How To Deal With Health Anxiety and Hypochondria

How To Deal With Health Anxiety and Hypochondria


– How to deal with health
anxiety and hypochondria. I’m gonna talk about what it looks like, and what you can do about it. I’m Dr. Tracey Marks, a psychiatrist, and I publish weekly videos on mental health education
and self-improvement. If you don’t want to miss a video, click subscribe and the notification.
(bell dinging) This topic is based on a viewer question from Littleredridingkyle, and he says, “You should do a video on
hypochondria/health anxiety. “I’m only 15, and mine is ruining my life. “I can’t sleep, because I’m
afraid my heart will stop, “because of some undiagnosed heart problem “even though I’ve had many tests “and the doctor has repeatedly told me “that my heart is fine.” Thanks Littleredridingkyle
for this question. With hypochondriasis, you
misinterpret body symptoms, and assume you have a serious disease, even after you’ve been
told that you don’t. You may believe that the
doctor missed something. You may even believe the
anxiety that you have will turn into something more serious, like dying in your sleep,
or having a heart attack. In 2013, the newest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual changed the name from hypochondriasis to somatic symptom disorder. Somatic mean body. So it’s a disorder of being
over focused on body symptoms, and too focused on having an illness. People who have this problem
know that they have it because they are in a lot of distress. For the purpose of this video, I’m gonna use the older
term, hypochondria. With hypochondria, you
become so hyper-aware of your body sensations, that you spend time in your
head analyzing symptoms and figuring out what
illness it belongs to. You can become so anxious that your body starts making up symptoms that match a disease process
that you’re worried about. For example, if you are worried
that you have brain cancer, you can start having balance
problems and dizziness, and maybe even headaches. Then, when that wave of anxiety passes, those brain cancer symptoms
just disappear, like magic. Until you start having
some other body symptom. What’s the difference between general anxiety
with physical symptoms and hypochondria? Because anxiety can be very physical. For example, let’s say
you need to give a talk, and you become anxious about it. Your heart starts racing,
your palms get sweaty, you may even feel faint. The person without hypochondria recognizes that they feel anxious, and can put the symptoms into context. Even if you have more odd symptoms like getting a lump in your throat. With general anxiety, the
first time you get the lump, you might get scared and wonder if there is
seriously something wrong. You go see your doctor, he examines you, and tells you that your throat is fine, and it’s probably anxiety. You feel reassured, and
the next time it happens, you remember, oh this is what
happens when I get anxious, and then you work on calming down. That’s generalized anxiety. In contrast, the person with hypochondria isn’t reassured by that doctor’s visit. They may think that this is a new symptom that’s come up since the
last doctor’s appointment, so it must be something
else and not anxiety. Or, the doctor missed something, or there’s some hidden
undiscovered problem that medical science just
hasn’t been able to detect until your problem advances to the point where you’re close to death, and then they’ll figure it out. In the meantime, you
need to do your research, and figure out what
this physical problem is that’s gonna kill you or permanently maim you
(laser zapping) unless you figure it out. Does this sound familiar? What makes one person be
reassured and the other not? It’s a conditioning response. And that’s one of the
keys to the treatment. So, let me explain. You’ve probably heard the
story of Pavlov’s dog. Pavlov was a Russian scientist who studied learning theory
and classical conditioning. Pavlov showed that you could trigger a certain physiological response with a neutral stimulus
(bell dinging) if you pair it with a potent stimulus. So he showed his dog meat, which made the dog salivate.
(dog panting) Then he showed the dog meat and rang a bell,
(bell dinging) and the dog would still
salivate because of the meat. By continuously pairing the meat and the bell,
(bell dinging) he was eventually able to ring the bell (bell dinging)
without the meat and the dog would salivate,
(dog panting) because the dog associated
the bell with the meat. In a similar way with health anxiety, you come to associate
the feeling of anxiety with a physical sensation, and you eventually learn to
fear the physical symptoms, and see them all as dangerous. Let look a little closer at this. Let’s say you have anxiety. It can be free floating anxiety
about nothing in particular, or it could be something that’s completely unrelated to your body. Maybe you lost your job, or you have a big deadline coming up. Then, in response to the anxiety, you also have a body sensation, and let’s say it’s acid reflux. Because you experience this
while you’re in an anxious state and you also imagine the
worst case scenarios, you condition yourself to
think of burning in your chest a sign that you have a heart problem. So you Google chest
burning for the 100th time, and then you find someone on Reddit who says that their uncle
complained of chest burning just before he went to bed, then he died in his sleep. So what’s happening right now? You’re gathering more evidence and proof that what you’re experiencing really is more than just anxiety. And seeing that post
reinforces your concerns about your chest burning, and that they’re something legitimate and shouldn’t just be
blown off as anxiety. Your next response is to test your theory that your heart is on
the verge of failing, by paying really close attention to every body sensation that
has to do with your heart. So, you do another round of research on what it looks like if
your heart were in failure. And you get a couple of clues, further reinforcing all of
this investigation behavior, and what happens? You now start having
some of those symptoms that you read about during
your second round of research. It started with chest burning, but now you’ve got shortness of breath, and you find yourself
having a hard time breathing when you’re just sitting trying to relax. And this is just more
reinforcement for you, that what you really believe is true. And at this point, you may
go to back to the doctor who told you 2 months ago
that your heart was fine. But this time you have more
symptoms than you had before, like the shortness of breath. And so, you even think you might even see a little bit of swelling in your legs. The doctor checks you and
says, your heart is fine. She may even tell you,
it’s probably anxiety. And you might feel a little better, especially because you’re
at the doctors office and your symptoms kinda
go away a little bit. But you’re not really satisfied, because the doctor said
that there’s nothing wrong, but she didn’t even do body scan. And how can she know that something isn’t wrong with your heart if she didn’t do a heart scan? So you go home even more anxious now, you can’t trust the medical system, and you’re all on your own; just you and the Internet. And then what happens? You live through the night without dying, like the Reddit guy’s uncle. Your symptoms seem to
get a little bit better. And you eventually believe
that you’re okay for now, but that’s just now,
until crisis level again, but you’ll keep your eye on it. So then you do the third type of reinforcing/conditioned behavior, and that’s the constant
checking or body surveillance. You keep checking for signs
of your heart problem. And you’re gonna be acutely
aware of everything you feel, so you know when something is wrong again. And the only thing that can
really distract you from this, is having some other body problem, that makes you think you
have another condition. And this is the life of the
person with hypochondria. It’s exhausting. And it’s extremely distressing
for the person affected, and exasperating for
the people around them who are trying to reassure them. How can you get help for this? Medication for anxiety can help somewhat by calming the anxiety, but it doesn’t really address the thought and behavior cycle. The medications that we would use would be serotonin-enhancing
antidepressants like Prozac. What tends to be more helpful is cognitive behavior therapy, or CBT. With CBT, you address your distorted, automatic thoughts that you
have about your body sensations, because your fears are
triggered by body sensations. An example of a distorted
thought in hypochondria is that good health
means you don’t have much going on with your body. You don’t really feel much at all. People with hypochondria don’t believe that a healthy person can
stand up and feel dizzy. If that happens, it must
mean you have a illness, that needs to be addressed before it turns into
something even more serious. CBT also addresses the
behaviors that you engage in, like the research, and
the body surveillance, and the frequent doctor
appointments to get reassurance. So what would the CBT look like? First, you wanna get a medical work up, and chances are you’ve had plenty. But if you haven’t, you
first want to make sure that you don’t have a physical
illness that needs treatment. Just because you worry about your health doesn’t mean that you don’t
have a real health problem. The issue is, you assume that any health
problem that you have is catastrophic or permanent. So get medical clearance, so that then you can feel free to focus on the problem
as an anxiety problem and not as a medical problem. Second, you wanna see a
therapist who is trained in, and uses, CBT in their practice. You don’t want to sit around talking about your
relationship with your mother. That’s useful for some problems, but that’s not gonna
get you very far here. A CBT therapist will most likely be a doctorate level psychologists, or a master’s level therapist, it’s probably not gonna be a psychiatrist. Some psychiatrists do CBT, but many more non-psychiatrists do CBT. Once you’re in the therapy, here are some components of the therapy. One is education on the
illness or illnesses that you’re concerned about. Now, the facts here will come
from your medical doctor, but your therapist can help reinforce this information for you. So when you go to the doctor, have questions about your
illness concerns written down. Most doctors offices are
busy, and if you’re anxious, you can easily forget to ask
the questions that you have, or feel like your questions
are too crazy to ask. But the doctor you’re seeing is the one who needs to
address these questions, not the Internet. Someone in the comments said
that she saw multiple doctors, and they ruled out this
and ruled that out, but she still had pain. So she asked me in the comments, why was she was still having pain? Well I can’t tell her why
she’s still having pain. No one on the Internet can
tell her with any accuracy, why she’s having pain. The person who can tell her that is the person who examined her, ran the tests for her, and that would be the
person who would say, “You don’t have cancer, “because people with cancer
have this, this, and this, “and you don’t have that. “You don’t have a brain tumor “because people with brain
tumors have this, this, and this. “You don’t have that, “so that is why you don’t
have a brain tumor.” So don’t save your questions
for research later. Think of whatever questions
that you might have, no matter how extreme they sound, and then ask your doctor about them. Then, take notes on the answers so you can use those
answers later in therapy. Another component of CBT
is thought restructuring. And this is gonna be very individual, depending on what your thoughts are. Chances are, your therapist will give
you homework assignments for you to write down what
your automatic thoughts are regarding your body sensations. And this goes back to the things like: heart burn means a failing heart, or dizziness means you may
have a seizure disorder, stomach problems mean you have cancer. The therapist will then help you break down these thoughts into steps to see how you connect the
sensation to your conclusion. Then, you will challenge those conclusions with other possibilities. And this is where you can
use the medical information that you wrote down from your doctor. So, lets go back to the concern about dying of a heart
attack in your sleep. In general, there’s different
types of heart disease. This might be something
like your doctor might say. There are structural
problems like valve defects, or defects of the heart muscle that cause it not to pump properly. These problems can occur at any age, but they are generally
seen on heart imaging like an echocardiogram. You might say, “Well, my doctor didn’t
do an echocardiogram.” If you have valve problems, or a muscular problem where
your heart won’t pump properly, you’re gonna have many more physical signs other than chest burning. In fact, indigestion isn’t
a sign of a valve defects. People with valve
defects or a stiff heart, have some serious physical
activity intolerance, and they don’t need to beg their doctor to look at their heart. So if you have a structural problem, chances are it would have been picked up early in childhood or early adulthood. Another type of heart problem
is blood vessel disease. Your arteries get clogged with plague, and the heart muscle
doesn’t get enough oxygen, because it’s clogged up,
you can’t get enough blood, and then you have a heart attack. It would be very unusual for a 15-year-old like Littleredridingkyle to
have this kind of heart disease. It takes years for your
blood vessels to clog up. There are some genetic diseases, thought, that cause accelerated plague formation, but if you had that, there would
be other signs and symptoms other than chest burning. And these would be signs that would trigger a
doctor to investigate. So this is the kind of education that you would want to
get from your doctor about your situation, to know why what you feel
isn’t a certain disease. So ask, “Why don’t have I have heart disease? “Why don’t I have a brain tumor?” And write down those answers to challenge your distorted
and catastrophic conclusions that you have. The last component that
I’m gonna talk about addresses the reinforcing
behaviors that you engage in, such as the Internet
research, the body checking, the doctor shopping for reassurance. A CBT intervention is
exposure response prevention. It’s used for obsessive
compulsive disorder to stop the compulsive behavior, but it can also be used
with health anxiety. The idea is to use exercises
that your therapist gives you to expose yourself to
the anxious thoughts, then not allow you to research
or check your symptoms. Sometimes your therapist may
use relaxation techniques or other activities, to distract you from
engaging in the behaviors. What if you can’t afford
to see a therapist? Are you just doomed? There are self-help books out there on CBT for anxiety and worry. The difference is, is that it’s general help, and it’s not customized for your issues. That’s where the therapist comes in. But here’s a watered down,
self-help version of the CBT. You would still start with
getting medical clearance though. That’s very important. Don’t try to diagnose yourself
from Internet research. Before you see your doctor,
make a list of your conclusions, you draw on your own, about
each of your physical symptoms. Take this list to the doctor, and get him or her to explain why your conclusions are incorrect. You have to use some judgment though. If you have a two page list, you need to prioritize the questions, because chances are many
of them are repetitive. But that’s okay, you still
wanna keep the list anyway; you want to put your
thoughts down on paper, that’s always good. Next, write the doctor’s
responses on a card, or in a notebook. Then the next time you
have a physical symptom, pull out the card and read it. If you think, yeah but he
didn’t know at that time that I also have pain in the shoulder, maybe this is something new. Resist the urge to look it up. Use self-talk to change the monologue in your head about that. Here is an example of a self-talk script. I’ll have this in the description, and you can just copy
it if it applies to you. I’m gonna say it as if I’m you. So going back to the
new shoulder blade pain, instead of focusing on how
the doctor missed something, you can just say something
like this to yourself: “I have been checked out by my doctor, “my new body symptom does not mean “I really have a medical illness. “I have anxiety, and this
is what I tend to think. “Anxiety makes me believe
I have something I don’t. “I am not more of a medical expert “than the people who
have seen and examined “lots of sick people. “I don’t know what sick people look like. “I can only say what I look like. “So I don’t have a point of comparison “to know what the illness
I’m concerned about “really looks like. “The Internet does not
give me a complete picture “of what it really looks like
to have a failing heart.” Or you can just fill in the blank with whatever it is
you’re concerned about. This self-talk is part of the process to mentally distract you from
investigating your problem. After you complete this self-talk, do something physical
to distract yourself. Go for a walk or listen to music. Do some yoga exercises. Get a punching bag and
beat it until you’re tired. In my family growing up, my parents did their own landscaping, so there was always a need
to move dirt or leaves from one part of the yard to the next. So their old-school
solution to boredom or upset was tell us to go outside
and throw some dirt, or dig a hole. Now, as uninformed as this sounds, there is some merit to this. If you’ve never dug holes or thrown dirt, it’s pretty grueling work, and if you have chest burning
or a twitching eye muscle, that you’re worried is cancer, if you go throw some dirt, the physical exertion and
pain in your arm muscles will distract you from
the twitching eye muscle. Because remember, random body sensations, that are not clearly
connected to anything, are triggers for the anxiety. Lifting something heavy that makes your arm
muscles sore makes sense, and that doesn’t usually
trigger the anxiety. What if after all that you
come back in the house, you get showered up, and the
you start back worrying again? Then you will have to brute force make yourself not do research, whatever that takes. Put the phone away, restrict yourself from using the computer, and create these
restrictions ahead of time. Know how you’re going to
keep yourself from engaging in the behaviors and stick to it. Then, to address your thoughts, you’ve gotta replace
them with more self-talk. And if you can’t remember what to say, then write it down and read it. One of the things about the CBT approach is it takes effort. This is not gonna passively go away. That’s why taking a pill isn’t
really gonna get rid of this. It may help you if your anxiety, especially if it’s so bad that you become too unglued to do therapy. But hey, if you’ve got the energy to go to 10 different
doctors looking for answers, you can take some of that time to do these exercises to
reprogram how you think, and how you react to your body. I hope this helps you. Please share this video, and let me know in the
comments what you think. See you next time. (upbeat music) ♪ I am what I am today ♪ ♪ ‘Cause I did it my way ♪ ♪ Nothing y’all can say ♪ ♪ In this life or the next one ♪

100 thoughts on “How To Deal With Health Anxiety and Hypochondria

  1. I’ve watched this video everytime I’ve had an anexity attack and it’s like it cures it— IVE DONE EVERYTHING IN THIS VIDEO

  2. For years I thought I had heart disease, but all the checks from the doctor were clean, tens of ECG, Triplex, even a couple of nights in the ER – but I do have "undiagnosed" hypertension which I control it with medication because I asked for it – the doc was against it. Every doctor tells me it's anxiety. After a couple of years I started to have stomach problems, mostly acid reflux – again the doctors told me it might be anxiety, although I thought it was cancer in the stomach (because my grandfather died from it). Recently I begun having problems of numbness in hands, feet, and face, the doctors told me again it's anxiety – I thought I had MS or brain tumor.

    These numbness worrying symptoms made me forget about my "heart disease" thoughts.. I used to check my blood pressure 5-10 times per day, now I check it once per week!

    And yes I do think it is something untreatable or that the doctor didn't diagnose me well and I always "wish" these tests were positive so the problem can be solved instead of not finding anything and be untreated. I spend hours and sleepless nights of searching the internet about these symptoms. My thoughts went from heart attack to brain tumor or stomach tumors.. my med box is like a small pharmacy….

    Yes I am now convinced that I am hypochondriac, and I have anxiety… and I will take care of it… I started 30 minute walks as part of my exercise plan, the days I do go for a walk I have "no" symptoms at all, probably those endorphins that are released into my brain take all the anxiety away……the days when I don't go for a walk and sit lonely at home searching for symptoms are the days I have the symptoms……

    Thank you for this video Dr. Tracey, is what I needed to hear…your video is clearly a CBT therapy 😀 I will subscribe to your channel!

  3. Thank you, Dr. Tracey Marks
    This video is golden 🌟
    I'm going to share, send and save this video to myself for future viewing … and to share with others who may need to see this
    💗💚💜🙏🏽

  4. The worst part of this is that I’m a hypochondriac BECAUSE I’m too anxious to go to the doctor. I wish I could get my heart checked but since my anxiety is too strong I’m like “u haven’t had ur heart checked- ur gonna die” etc

  5. I've been having chronic ear tube problems since late April this year. I look it up on google to looks some answers for what is causing it to make it stop and I was terrified that I might be getting a benign tumor/brain tumor or Ménière's disease or any other ears disorder…I was thinking that I might have TMJ since my jaw disc is clicking when open or closes my mouth (Again, I looked it up on google for that), but my brother told me that everyone had them jaws clicks… I did go the doctor and told me that my right ear looks fine (But bubbly fluid, it wasn't there before.) but…I was not sure… till my brother told me that I hed hypochondria.

    I'm very terrified at the moment… fearing that I'm might go deaf or having the noise in my ear being permanent… or won’t be cured… Feels like I'm going insane… I just want to get a proper diagnosis to get treatment to stop this… if you going through the same thing as I do or got any bits of advice to get through with helpful tips. Please help me! It will help me get through and find proper diagnoses, I’m going to get the X-ray soon and hopefully put this worry to the end… Since this ear pain and the noise in the ear really interrupts my life… but yeah… health anxiety is a pain including my chronic anxiety myself…

    Anyway enough ranting, great video, really helpful! Now whenever I had the arch the googling diagnosis, I just look at some stories videos of the disorder or disease. It does make me feel bad for self-diagnosis myself… But I'm glad I see people in the comment section who going through this as well.

  6. I'm coming to the conclusion I'm just anxious. But being in medschool breaks me to the point I'm almost hypochondriac. I spend my whole day trying to figure out every kind of possible diagnosis for the patients. So even when I know it's just anxiety related symptoms, my brain keeps sending me thoughts of possible diferencial diagnosis all the time. Oh God, or maybe I am actually hypochondriac. I don't even know anymore. 🙁

  7. Outstanding video @Dr. Tracey Marks. Thank you for putting this out there for FREE for us health-obsessed maniacs.

    I have a lump on my left thigh that I have checked out multiple times over the course of the last 3 years and all of the surgeons that checked it out said that they would not operate on it as it does not look serious (suggested trauma or lipoma). Still, because they did not send me for tests, ultrasound, scans or other technological means, I am never 100% reassured. Because the lump has grown a little bit for the past 7 months and on/off physical discomfort in the area, I sometimes get major panic attacks and do everything in the vicious cycle you described.

    Truth is, I am not sure that I would let it go even if they send me for tests, which end up confirming that it's harmless.

    Still, your professionalism put my mind at ease and I hope that I am able to self-control more going forward.

  8. Coming across this video is the best thing that's happened to me on the internet. Thank you so much for doing this.

  9. I have thanatophobia so for me health anxiety unfortunately just comes along with it. It’s so crazy how your brain can invent symptoms to match whatever illness you think you have.

  10. What if you actually have a health issue that hasn't fully been diagnosed yet? Mine is neurological and not easy to get a diagnosis which brings on that whole spiral tenfold. Thank you for your help.

  11. Hello Dr. Tracey. Can you discuss how to stay focus on studying or work on your task in a noisy environment like a wet market? because right now I am living in a noisy environment and the noises I've been experiencing are similar to a wet market. It's always been noisy starting from 6 am up to 1 am so yeah I cannot also avoid sleep deprivation. Relocation is not a resort right now since I am also struggling financially.

  12. Omg . I'm so thankful to you . I'm 18 and I used to think that I have rabbies, breast cancer , brain tumour ..and nowadays what's actually happening with me is that I have this constant urge to urinate even tho I haven't had much water .. it's like my bladder must be having 1-2 drops but I still feel like peeing so bad … I thought it's a. UTI . But I checked Google and it said diabetes 1 which is often misunderstood by UTI. Omg this scared me even more 😭😭

  13. Wow it's like you're talking directly to me!! everything you ex9lained in this video is me to every detail. Great channel with great insight, I finnaly understand what it is I am thinking and going through

  14. Does anyone else feel like if they ignore a fake symptom it will actually turn out to be something and then by the time you get it checked it'll be to late

  15. Omg !! each word!!!each line and Each situation which are explained in this video is matching my case !!! I have done my Plain MRI but still, I feel pain sometime in my right head. I checked with Neuro and he said everything is fine. But yes, I always think that why did not doctor advise me one more time MRI? What will happen if I do one more time MRI? Trust me … Hypochondria is bigger diases than Cancer and Heart problem. Later ones could be real but the first one is complete in your mind and out of control. I feel like suicide !!!

  16. I have multiple sclerosis. I have multiple sclerosis. I have multiple sclerosis. I am seriously convinced that I have multiple sclerosis!!!

    Today is October 8 2019, 4:32pm and I having a panic attack about multiple sclerosis

  17. Lady are you watching me?! Omg this an amazing video. You like channeled my life in your examples. Thank you so much for making this.

  18. I am not kidding she literally stated what I had been doing like 5 minutes before I watched this video. I keep having heart palpitations and I am trying to believe I am not having a heart attack because I’m afraid of dying in my sleep.

  19. All me ive been Searching heart simptoms and everything very anxious and scared i may have heart desease or a heart problem havent been to a doctor but been like that for couple days, been checking my pulse every minute cant sleep im 17 its 1:27 am
    thinking im going to die i self talk to me but not helping just tynna be aight i wanna think its anxiety i despair thinking that somethings wrong with me is just my heart feels weird it pounds hard always i dont know im tryppin alot. Its a everyday thing now from the moment i wake up to when i sleep. Am stressed tf out. Just trynna be good bruh

  20. This was really good video, it helped me a lot to decrease my anxiety right now

    And for all the people out there don't believe your negative thought and don't think about it watch this video and you will laugh at yourself

  21. Am I the only one that keeps coughing to check if they're spitting blood and because I cough so hard I end up hurting my throat and actually coughing blood? If that makes sense

  22. I will just share, coz i have this anxiety too, since my father died in cancer, this anxiety sickness suddenly occur because im afraid that i also have cancer too bcoz im the only child and my mother is 65 years old, im afraid if i die earlier than my mother what will she do? shes old no one will take care of her since im a only child, thats why i have this illness anxiety disorder, pls help me doc

  23. Glad I just watched this . I’m only 24 and I’ve thought I had lung cancer , heart failure , throat cancer , breast cancer , a brain tumor , and that’s only half of it 😔🤦🏻‍♀️ it sucks feeling like you have one foot in the grave just waiting to hear bad news . I can’t even go to the doctor any more out of fear they will just laugh at me . Because my primary doctor knows I have health anxiety and won’t even do scans/ bloodwork anymore

  24. Im from philippines , i am suffering from Health Anxiety too . I always feel jaw discomfort back neck discomfort chest discomfort , i have been on many doctors i had my ecg xray and lipid profile it is all normal , except from high triglycerides and high white blood cells , is it normal?

  25. This video is AMAZING! I get chest pains, twitching eyes, and have been by more doctors than I care to admit. This video reminds me that neither I nor the internet are experts, and the doctors know alot better than I do. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  26. Doc. What do you have? Do you talk do to experience? Or you read it in a book? Are you a topical M.D.B.S MD Bullsssss

  27. Oh hell, she just described me! Only that some times, it was thanks to my reading that I got it right! Luckily not when I thought very bad things…

  28. Thank you might be so small for what i learned from this video today. I am just happy that i googled for anxiety solutions and not for some symptons.
    Thank you again ❤

  29. This is probably the best video I’ve seen , I bet you everyone with this mental illness had a wee smile on there face it means so much for someone to say all that, I used to go out all the time gym football not a care in the world I used to get panic attacks when I was young but it developed into this . I was stuck inside for months cause every time I went outside now if anyone can relate to this please please comment , when I go outside it’s like I feel dizzy walking off balance , I feel unreal like am dead or dying , course as this video explains really well I then think I’ve got cancer or stuff wrong with my brain heart ect… and I google everything and you know how it goes for there , pain in the chest google , hear someone died of a illness ? Google, ect…ect…. sometimes I wish I wasn’t born as it’s that bad not a day goes by when I don’t think somethings wrong with me and they’ve missed something important. I often worry a lot about dying and what happens I watch almost every video and google everything about it am so so scared , I just think it’s my turn soon . Anyone I see I ask them about death and especially at night I can’t even sleep cause am freaked out it’s really horrible no one deserves to live like this , this comment doesn’t go near how bad it is and when it’s constant every single day it’s so hard and tiring , for me is so hard telling your family or your work mates incase you annoying them and it also puts loads of stress and pressure on your family .

    I hope everyone watching and commenting and everyone with this mental keeps fighting and listening to there loved ones and speak up , everyone has to keep fighting don’t be afraid to talk to anyone about it and don’t feel embarrassed, anyone want to email me asking me questions I’ll
    Be glad to help – [email protected] , am not a expert but I’ll try my best to make someone’s day

    Thanks so much for this video what a lovely lady you are helping everyone ❤️

  30. Last week I thought I was having an heart attack… Went to ER done ECG everything clear..I still felt that there was some problem with my heart.. Went to a heart specialist did a stress test and aced it.. Went ok for few days but now I feel something wrong with my brain.. I'll get a stroke any moment or I'm having a tumor.. The worst thing is I don't know if the symptoms are real or made up now.. I'm sooo confused

  31. Am I the only one who has severe health anxiety but refuses to go to the doctor? Going to the doctor gives me the worst anxiety attack. It's like, I know it's all in my head, and no that doesn't take the anxiety away, but I think it would be worse to find out, it's not in my head and it is real.

  32. My age is 16 I have anxiety of heart. Even though doctors told that you are blessed with healthy heart my echo is 62%. But now google told me that you have infection in your heart

  33. This was the most helpful 20 minutes I’ve had in 2 months of living hell. It was so enexplainable for me to have anxiety and panic attacks after 48 years on the planet and that never happening before. All I need to do is get out of the habit of over analysing my health and physical sensations. I will on,y say though, they my Doctor’s prescription of SSRIs has made my situation more complex because the very significant side effects were not explained properly. I shouldn’t have to go to the internet to find that stuff out. Thanks so much for posting this video.

  34. You hit the nail on the head! I have health anxiety and GAD. I feel I am in a never ending loop of ailments this past year or so. Feels like it will never end. I believe what the doctor tells me and mostly come to terms with it. Then, I get something else that bothers me weeks down the road. I got to get off this merry-go-round already! lol

  35. Does anyone else have visible veins? I’m fair skinned with light blonde hair and I’m 19, I can see the veins on my chest and arms, and even around my hips? I’ve only noticed them a couple months ago, They are worse after I take a hot bath. Anyone else? I’m scared about it!

  36. I’m only 12 but I’m currently worried about sight problems like visual snow. It’s making my life and school so stressful. All these worries only go away if they’re replaced by a new, worse one. I don’t even have the full symptoms of visual snow, just a few of them at certain times of day. But I keep worrying what if I have the first stages? Do you guys think I can worry myself into having symptoms of visual snow, example, when I look at a bright object on a dark background, there’s a transparent streak trailing the bright object.

  37. This really is a fantastic video. Thank you! I have been struggling with health anxiety for a long time. Some irony in the context is that I am a therapist in training, and I struggle with intrusive thoughts about my symptoms while I’m working. I’m 49 now, and it’s been about 3 years since I started having physical symptoms that are seriously troubling. My PCP and gastro doc have been unable to tell me what’s going on. I’ve had tests that didn’t result in informative findings, e.g. negative stress test. So now I have “atypical chest pain” and that’s what I’m stuck with. Unexplained, severe chest pain which comes on seemingly at random, and which coincides with pain in my jaw and throat is just about the worst thing I can imagine for a hypochondriac. I am in distress about it ALL THE TIME. I am afraid to exercise. The only reassurance I’ve been able to get on my own via the Internet is that I might “just” have esophageal spasms. But my gastro doc says this can’t be confirmed unless the sensation occurs WHILE they are running a certain test. My symptoms only occur once every couple of months or so. So, based on what you’ve shared here, my question is: How might I modify the script in a way that will be helpful when I have these symptoms that frighten me so badly, and I haven’t had a doctor really tell me anything reassuring? Thanks again!

  38. Woww you explained everything im going through im trying to work on it but its hard and the thoughts of having something causes me more stress which makes it worst😕

  39. We have the same… My heart said is fine… Im going crazy because i thought i am the only miserable…. I always searching abiout what my symptoms is… All what this women said is true.. Im only 17… I have it almost a year… I always searching for what i have feel.. Then scarred about it… Im going crazy… Someone help me…. I have shortness of breathe almost a year… Im like conscious of my breath… Im conscious more when people watching me make me more anxious idk… Help me

  40. I be having back pain, chest pain and I will be hyperventilating sometimes and I Google the symptoms now everyday I be scared to sleep and I be over thinking that I'ma die and how the world will be without me and Its every single day from when I wake up to when I go to sleep and I be having numbness and tingling 24/7

  41. My anxiety started last year ever since I had a bad experience with smoking weed and my heart was racing so fast I thought I was gonna die I was like that for months watching this video makes me feel better that I'm not alone

  42. I wonder what these know it all people do when they are completely wrong? What will you do when someone actually does die from something technology or the doc missed out on?

  43. What does it mean when you actually faint multiple times? Panic attacks exist of course. What about pain in your neck, pressure on the left side of your head, or tingling all over your left side of your face and the body? What about being so fatigued that you are literally stuck in the bed? What about the feeling completely restless after sleeping for a few hrs? I need answers!

  44. The other night I was driving and felt a tingle in my arm – all of a sudden I started panicking that it's a sign of something worse and then my hand began to tingle and my chest. Fast forward to today, I get tingling in my joints and all of a sudden am in panic but when I'm not focusing on it, I don't feel it. This is the worst kind of anxiety because it just doesn't stop :'(

  45. I had some changes in my vision i went to multiple doctors who tolled me that there is nothing wrong with my eyes and yah i was worried a lot from getting a disease before that happened to me so can health anxiety cause that

  46. this video was so accurate to me it’s crazy, i was told by my doctor i have acid reflux and my mother but i am healthy and fine but i don’t believe it for some reason i feel like it’s deeper than that and i am going to have a heart attack or something but the fact that u described this exact thing is helping me notice i’m not alone .

  47. It honestly destroys my life I live like I’ve got a terminal illness it’s ridiculous I’m 17 I just wanna live normally!!!!

  48. It’s opposite here in India , you have quacks running around telling you fake diseases.

    If you are hypochondriac, come here,there is plenty of support lol

  49. I have line running through the centre of the thumb( on my hand )which is a tiny tiny tiny bit darker the color of the nail.
    Is this a sign of melanoma 🤯?
    Bob Marley died due to this.
    But first gotta go through all the steps in the video.

  50. What keep me calm nowaday is that I told myself, “everyone will die, nobody can escape it, my body is uncertain, sorrow and sadness is temporary, death is certain.”.

  51. My anxiety revolves around developing schizophrenia or some other intense mental illness .. even tho I have zero symptoms but I still worry that I might develop it .. does this fall under health anxiety ??

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