Health anxiety (hypochondriasis) is characterized by a preoccupation with the idea or thought that they are currently ill, or may be in the future. The worry is typically accompanied by checking the body and seeking reassurance from medical specialists.
Isabella often visits her doctor’s office for headaches and tingling in her hands. Each time her doctor sends her for tests, but nothing is ever found. Although these negative results make her feel better, the reassurance tended to be short-lived, as soon enough new concerns arise. Isabella finds it difficult to relax until she is certain that she is not critically or terminally ill. Whenever she returns home from the doctor’s office she notices something new, and the cycle begins again.