My mother is 49 years old and obsesses over her health. There have been many times when we take her to doctor and he says nothing wrong. But she still feels sick. One of my friends said that she might suffer from health anxiety disorder. I want to know what that is?
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Health anxiety is characterized by an irrational and obsessive worry regarding a specific medical problem. Also known as illness anxiety, this condition involves a person imagining the physical symptoms of illness. Patients are prone to misinterpreting normal or minor body sensations as severe disease symptoms in spite of reassurance by medical professionals that they are devoid of any illnesses. People suffering from health anxiety feel extreme distress about real or imagined symptoms even after medical test results show negative and doctors assure the person that they are healthy. If left unchecked, health anxiety can interfere with a person’s quality of life, including their ability to function on a daily basis, form and maintain meaningful relationships, and work in an academic or professional setting.

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