When people are aware of their anxiety, they are more likely to face it and deal with it appropriately. Not everyone knows they have anxiety. They may not be aware they have anxiety caused by the internet and overuse of social media. Some people don’t like using it for this reason because of so many things going on in the world, it begins to feel overwhelming. Find out more about health anxiety, what causes it, and how to cope in a healthy way.
When people talk about health anxiety, they are talking about medical diagnoses that focus on their overall health. Maybe they struggle with anxiety, worry, and fear already but a diagnosis can push this into new territory where it becomes less manageable. Some people over worry about health and actually don’t have health issues. Symptoms of this can come from many places, but typically, people think they are less healthier than they are.
Internet and Health Anxiety
Websites online offer a wealth of information for people who think they are experts in their own conditions. Some people understand quite a lot, while others keep looking for information to back up what they think is wrong. Many people just want to know if something is worth calling the doctor about and move on. People with anxiety cannot switch off ‘this is not serious’ and continue moving forward thinking their condition is something more serious, which brings on more anxiety and fear and worry. This can lead to high blood pressure, anxious thoughts, feelings of fear, and worry about possibly even death when they don’t have anything serious going on.
Healthy Ways to Cope
Health-related anxiety disorders make it difficult for people to cope with their issues. Every time a person feels an ache or pain, it does not make it a serious health issue. With all the information out there, the best source of information is usually a medical professional. The best thing to do is take a deep breath, relax, and realize it may not be as bad as it seems. For more serious issues, and the inability to let go of intrusive thoughts about your health, it can help to go to a professional counselor or therapist. It may also help to seek additional treatment if substance abuse pops up because a person has trouble dealing with anxiety about their health or other issues. There are healthy ways to cope, it just takes time to figure out how to cope in a better way and find support and healing.
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