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Health OCD

What is Health OCD / Hypochondria?

People with Health OCD often times have either suffered some type of traumatic medical event in their life and also experience anxiety/panic attacks. Health anxiety is a relatively common condition, known to affect some 4% to 5% of people. But experts believe it may be underreported. Individuals are constantly checking within their body to ensure that they are safe from life-threatening illness, medical condition, disease, or other catastrophic physical conditions that could lead to death.

Common Obsessions (fears and doubts)

  • Fear of getting HIV, cancer, or having any other type of life-threatening illness
  • Preoccupation with any type of body sensation such as headache meaning something serious
  • Fear of having an undetected illness
  • Fear of giving someone an illness

Common Compulsions (safety behaviors)

  • Constant medical sites researching
  • Avoidance of people, places, or situations where they could be exposed to illness
  • Monitoring somatic symptoms
  • Hyperfocus on bodily sensations
  • Checking vitals signs such as; blood pressure and pulse
  • Inspecting their body for any signs or symptoms
  • Multiple doctor visits and tests

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