What do you do if you think you have cancer?
If you are worried about your health, try not to keep it to yourself – talking to friends and family can really help. So can talking to a professional, like your doctor or a nurse at your school, university or a walk-in centre. Cancer in young people is rare. But it is still very important to be sure.
Why do I always think I have a serious illness?
People with illness anxiety disorder — also called hypochondria or hypochondriasis — have an unrealistic fear that they have a serious medical condition or fear that they're at high risk of becoming ill. They may misinterpret typical body functions as signs of illness.
How do I stop worrying about illness?
Self-help for health anxiety
- note how often you check your body, ask people for reassurance, or look at health information.
- try to gradually reduce how often you do these things over a week.
How do I stop worrying?
How can you stop worrying?
- Mindfulness and meditation.
- Deep breathing.
- Practice self-compassion.
- Do a body scan.
- Share your fears with friends and family.
- Practice gratitude.
- Keep an emotions journal.
- Maintain a consistent sleep schedule.
Why do I always think something is wrong with me?
Illness anxiety disorder, sometimes called hypochondriasis or health anxiety, is worrying excessively that you are or may become seriously ill. You may have no physical symptoms.