HEALTH ANXIETY: When You Can’t STOP Worrying About Your Health | Dr. Rami Nader

Health anxiety is known by a variety of different terms, including hypochondriasis and, more recently, Illness Anxiety Disorder. Regardless of the term, health anxiety or hypochondriasis can be an extremely distressing and debilitating condition. At its core, hypochondriasis is associated with a preoccupation of having or acquiring serious medical disease or illness. In health anxiety, physical symptoms are often not present, but if they are present, they are very mild and are not necessarily indicative of a serious health condition. For a person with Illness Anxiety Disorder or hypochondriasis, they have a high level of anxiety about their health and are easily alarmed about any signs or symptoms suggesting potential disease. The person engages in excessive health related behaviours like repeatedly checking their body for signs or symptoms of the feared illness, reassurance seeking behaviour from their doctors or maladaptive avoidance. The hypochondriasis or health anxiety causes the person high level of distress and can lead to interference in their engagement in recreational activities, their social relationships or their functioning at work.

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Types of Treatment for Anxiety Disorders


Types of Treatment for Anxiety Disorders

There are many different methods available for treating anxiety disorders. These include exposure therapy, attention training, and various types of anxiety management techniques. You can learn some of these strategies on your own, or consult a trained professional for assistance. An important element of recovery is education, which includes learning about the physiology of the ‘flight-or-fight’ response and the ways in which this is inappropriately triggered. When you become aware of how this response occurs, it becomes easier to learn how to cope with anxiety and how to use it to control symptoms.

The fight-or-flight response is triggered by a perceived threat or danger. The release of this chemical messenger triggers the human body to respond to this danger by increasing its level of anxiety. The fight-or-flight response prepares us to either run from danger or fight it. However, the fight-or-flight response is not as effective for modern humans, who are often concerned with money, work, and family life. Symptoms of anxiety can manifest in any form, from mild to severe.

Psychotherapy can help people overcome their anxiety by teaching them to change harmful thought patterns and reduce anxiety. In addition to these psychotherapy techniques, antidepressants can also be prescribed. Depending on the severity of the anxiety symptoms, medication may also be prescribed. Listed below are some of the most common treatments for anxiety. The most common method is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).

Antidepressants, such as benzodiazepines, can also be prescribed. These medications work quickly and can give relief from anxiety in about half an hour or less. They are effective in treating panic attacks and other episodes of overwhelming anxiety. Unfortunately, they can cause physical dependency and should not be used as the sole treatment for anxiety. If you’re interested in learning more about COVID-19, sign up for our free newsletter to get updates.

Other treatments for anxiety include herbal supplements. Certain types of herbal supplements can help treat anxiety symptoms and improve your overall well-being. Taking chamomile supplements is one of these treatments. It is also said to reduce the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder. This remedy is older than SSRIs and is not effective for everyone. Tricyclics can cause dizziness, drowsiness, or weight gain. Therefore, it is important to consult a health care provider and try a few before choosing the one that works best for you.

Anti-anxiety medications can help with anxiety symptoms and are often prescribed by health care providers. Some doctors can also prescribe psychiatric medications, such as beta-blockers and antidepressants. Benzodiazepines can reduce anxiety symptoms in the short-term but can cause dependence if used long-term. Anti-depressants may also be prescribed for anxiety that occurs in conjunction with other mental health problems, such as depression.

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