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Also known as Illness anxiety disorder

*Prescriptions are provided at the doctor's discretion. Learn more about our controlled substances policy and how to save up to 80% with our prescription discount card. PlushCare doctors cannot treat all cases of hypochondria. Our primary care physicians can conduct an initial evaluation of your symptoms but may need to refer you to a specialist or for in-person treatment. If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, seek emergency medical attention immediately.

Learn about hypochondria

Illness anxiety disorder, also called hypochondria, involves excessive worry about your health. You might worry that you are or may become seriously ill, even in the absence of physical symptoms. Or, you might believe that normal bodily sensations are symptoms of a serious illness, even if a medical exam does not indicate an underlying condition.

Hypochondria is a long-term condition that can vary in severity. For some people, health anxiety can increase with age or during times of stress. Fortunately, psychotherapy and medication can help ease health anxiety.

Hypochondria causes

  • The exact cause of illness anxiety disorder is unknown. Some risk factors for illness anxiety disorder may include:

    • Trauma, such as physical or emotional abuse

    • High stress levels

    • A family history of health anxiety or other mental disorders

    • Serious illness in your family during childhood

    • Mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression

Hypochondria symptoms

  • Many people with illness anxiety disorder experience a persistent fear that they're seriously ill, based on bodily sensations (such as joint pain) or minor symptoms (such as a mild rash). Common hypochondria symptoms include:

    • Experiencing a constant fear of having or developing a serious illness or medical condition

    • Excessively worrying about minor symptoms or bodily sensations

    • Having so much emotional distress about possible illnesses that it's difficult to function

    • Feeling little reassurance from doctor visitors or negative test results

    • Worrying about specific medical conditions or your risk of developing genetic conditions

    • Constantly checking your body for signs of illness

    • Repeatedly talking about your health anxiety and possible illnesses

How to treat hypochondria

If your doctor believes that you have illness anxiety disorder, they may partner with a mental health professional to create a comprehensive treatment plan.

Treatment for illness anxiety disorder focuses on improving your quality of life and reducing symptoms. Effective treatment options include:

  • Talk therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), to help you cope with negative thoughts and learn healthy coping skills.

  • Medications, such as antidepressants, to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Hypochondria medication

If your health anxiety doesn't improve with talk therapy alone, your mental health professional may prescribe medication to help manage your condition. Antidepressants, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), are often prescribed to treat illness anxiety disorder.

How to prevent hypochondria

It's not always possible to prevent illness anxiety disorder. However, you can take the following steps to manage health anxiety:

  • Seek professional help if you have anxiety. Talk therapy can help you manage illness anxiety disorder symptoms and increase your functioning in daily life.

  • Learn to recognize when you're stressed. Stress can take a toll on your body, leading to psychological and physical symptoms. Finding healthy stress management and relaxation techniques can help reduce your anxiety.

  • Follow your treatment plan to prevent relapses and effectively manage your symptoms.

When to see a doctor or therapist for hypochondria

Because bodily sensations and minor symptoms may indicate health problems, it's important to visit your healthcare provider to rule out any underlying conditions. If your doctor believes that you have illness anxiety disorder, they may refer you to a licensed mental health professional for further treatment.

Related conditions to hypochondria

  • Anxiety

    Many people with health anxiety also experience co-occurring anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) or panic disorder. Anxiety disorders can make this constant fear harder to let go of, even after medical tests show that nothing is wrong.

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

    Health anxiety OCD, a subtype of OCD, is marked by excessive worry about a serious illness. People with health anxiety OCD often share common compulsions, such as repeated visits to doctors, requests for unnecessary medical tests, and excessively checking their bodies for new symptoms.

  • Depression

    Health anxiety can occur as a symptom of clinical depression. It's also common to experience depression due to an anxiety disorder. Many people have a diagnosis of both anxiety and depression.

Hypochondria treatment FAQs

  • What is the best treatment for hypochondria?

    The best treatment for illness anxiety disorder involves a combination of talk therapy and antidepressants.

  • What is the best medication for hypochondria?

    The best medications for illness anxiety disorder are antidepressants, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which increase serotonin levels in the brain. Prozac (fluoxetine) and Paxil (paroxetine) are commonly prescribed to treat health anxiety.

    Most people experience significant symptom relief from a combination of therapy and medication.

  • What triggers hypochondria?

    Certain activities can trigger episodes of health anxiety, including:

    • Reading about disease symptoms on the internet

    • Watching television

    • Knowing someone with a serious medical condition

    • Listening to other people talk about their health status

    • Experiencing high levels of stress

  • How do I know if I'm a hypochondriac?

    If you think you have illness anxiety disorder or somatic symptom disorder, talk to your doctor.

    Hypochondriacs experience intense anxiety from bodily sensations and minor health symptoms. For example, you might think that something as simple as a pimple is a symptom of a serious medical condition.

  • How do I stop being a hypochondriac?

    If you're dealing with health anxiety, it's important to seek treatment. Start by talking to your healthcare provider to rule out any medical conditions. If needed, your doctor can refer you to a mental health professional for therapy and/or medication.

    Self-help strategies for treating health anxiety include learning stress management and relaxation techniques. Whenever possible, avoid online searches for possible meanings behind your symptoms.

  • How do therapists treat hypochondria?

    Most therapists treat hypochondria with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a type of talk therapy. During CBT, you'll learn how to identify your anxiety, recognize false beliefs that trigger health anxiety, and develop healthy coping skills to manage your anxiety.

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