All of us at times will worry about our health. However when people have health anxiety they become convinced that physical symptoms are indicators of severe medical conditions.
People with health anxiety frequently misinterpret physical symptoms of anxiety as a sign of a physical health problem.
The most common health anxieties tend to centre on conditions such as cancer, HIV, AIDs, or heart conditions. However, the person experiencing health anxiety may have a fear that they have any type of illness.
The person also seeks constant reassurance and keeps checking for signs of the illness.
Health anxiety can be helped with CBT, Mindfulness or Psychodynamic therapy.