Health anxiety (sometimes called hypochondria) is when you spend so much time worrying you're ill, or about getting ill, that it starts to take over your life.
You may have health anxiety if you:
Anxiety itself can cause symptoms like headaches or a racing heartbeat, and you may mistake these for signs of illness.
For more tips, see Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust's self-help guide for health anxiety (PDF, 1.49Mb).
If the GP diagnoses you with health anxiety, they may refer you for a psychological therapy, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), or offer you a medicine for anxiety.
You can also refer yourself directly for psychological therapies.