We all worry about or health at times. Health anxiety refers to an excessive concern about a threat to your health that triggers your anxiety and fight/flight response. It becomes a problem when the worry is excessive, unrealistic and out of proportion given the actual risk of having something serious, it continues despite reassurance from doctors and negative medical tests, and it leads to unhelpful behaviours (e.g. body checking or googling symptoms). Some individuals dealing with health anxiety may be healthy, others may have real yet unexplained medical symptoms, and others may in fact have an existing and diagnosed medical condition that they are worrying about. In health anxiety the issue isn’t whether the physical symptoms are real, but rather whether you’re dealing with them in an adaptive way. Understandably, health anxiety can cause great distress and significantly affect your everyday life.