Most of us worry about our health from time to time, and some of us have to manage serious medical conditions. But for some people, health worries become overwhelming and a problem in itself.

Hypochondria (health anxiety) is excessive worrying about your health, to the point where it causes great distress and affects your everyday life.

Some people with health anxiety have a medical condition, which they worry about excessively. Others have medically unexplained symptoms , such as Chest pain or headaches , which they are concerned may be a sign of a serious illness, despite the doctor's reassurance.

Others may be permanently anxious abouttheir future health,worrying about things like:"What if I get cancer or heart disease ?"

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 5 Jan 2017