5.1. Definition and symptoms
5.2. Difference between hypochondria and nosophobia
Hypochondria is therefore characterised by a constant focus on the body and its signals, misinterpreting them and explaining that one is suffering from an illness that no one can diagnose, while nosophobia is the fear of falling ill from a specific pathology. The person is not convinced that they are already ill, as is the case with hypochondria, but does not want to become ill and lives with this worry.
1.4. Early and warning signs for seeking help
If you notice that lately you are feeling more frequent and more intense the following symptoms:
Feelings of nervousness, agitation or tension, sense of imminent danger panic or catastrophe, increased heart rate, rapid breathing (hyperventilation), sweating, trembling, feelings of weakness or tiredness, problems concentrating, problems falling asleep, gastrointestinal problems, difficulties controlling worries and the need to avoid situations that generate anxiety, among others.
Then, use some strategy to cope with it or contact a mental health professional (psychologist and/or psychiatrist) to find a solution as soon as possible. Mental health is important as it is physical health.