Self-Test for Health Anxiety

These questions reveal level of hypochondria

(NEWS-MEDICAL.NET) Health anxiety, sometimes known as hypochondria, is defined as the condition where a person is more conscious about his/her health and worries frequently.

This can go to the extent where it causes severe distress and affects a person’s everyday life.

Common Method for Self-Diagnosis

To make a self-test for diagnosing health anxiety, the most common method used is a questionnaire.

People who think they may be affected with health anxiety disorder can take up the questionnaire to make a self-assessment.

Sample questions from the questionnaire appear below.

The more “yes” answers you have, the more severely you are affected by health anxiety:

  • Do you have frequent worries of having a severe disease or illness or a medical condition?
  • Do you have sensations in your body and witness several aches (like headaches, stomach aches) or pains or symptom that you consider to be a medical condition or disease?
  • Do you constantly check the body for signs and symptoms of illness or medical conditions?
  • Do you ever look for the signs of illness in others and request them to check themselves?
  • Have you ever wished to buy or even bought medical instruments to analyze your body (like BP cuff or stethoscope)?
  • Do you spend a lot of time with your family and friends discussing health issues?
  • Have you ever requested your family members to assure that they do not have any medical conditions?
  • Do you have the habit of bathing or washing frequently to ensure you are affected by a medical condition or disease?
  • Have you ever avoided certain things, places, or persons in fear of being affected with disease?