When a person experiences persistently high levels of anxiety, usually for six months or longer, and the focus of this anxiety is on their own or a loved one’s health, they may be suffering from health anxiety. A feature of health anxiety is that it often exists in the face of evidence that suggests nothing is wrong. So how does it develop in the first place?
Current thinking tends to point to one of three possibilities, although to some extent these may overlap and support one another. The first relates to our own development. Imagine growing up in a household where chronic pain or illness is a central issue. In such a context it’s easy to see how illness can be regarded as something permanent, disabling, painful and possibly even progressive and degenerative. Watching adults struggle with daily living isn’t an easy thing for a child or adolescent to cope with and could, so the argument goes, contribute to how we learn to view and respond to illness.
Anxiety causes constant worrying and fear. It is estimated that one fourth of people with ADHD also suffer from some type of anxiety disorder. Most people that suffer from anxiety know that the fears they have are unreasonable and do not fit the situation they are in, yet they feel helpless and unable to stop the fear.
Besides the anxious feeling, anxiety causes physical symptoms, such as, headaches, stomach aches, nausea, and irritability.
Healthcentral offers a great deal of information on dealing with anxiety. I am pleased to announce that I am also writing articles and supplying information for the anxiety site here at healthcentral as well as continuing to write and share information on ADHD.
I hope that all of you will spend some time looking through the information at the Anxiety site.
Some of what you might be interested in:
Types of Anxiety
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