Can health anxiety make you ill

One of the questions I get asked all the time is, can you make yourself ill by thinking about illnesses? Can you literally think yourself ill? The answer is absolutely yes. Let’s look at one of the most common things that people come and see me about these days, which is health anxiety.

Health anxiety traits

Quite often, a person will think and think so much about illnesses that they will actually make themselves ill. They will actually develop symptoms through the very fact that creating them through their own imagination.

And when you think about negative thoughts. What you’re going to get your body to do is send through some very nasty chemicals that will start to affect you.

Those chemicals, cortisol and adrenaline. If they’re getting pumped in every day for hours and hours every day for absolutely no reason, they will start to manifest themselves as an illness.

What physical symptoms can you get?

You certainly can get bodily illnesses such as acid reflux, problems with your bowels, problems with the way your heart feels, tightness of the chest, you name it. And if you don’t stop that process, you will make yourself ill.

It’s almost like the self fulfilling prophecy where you think you’re going to be ill, and you think you could be, and you’re actually making yourself ill. So you’re out your mind is a very powerful thing. So, what you think about is asking your mind to create.

You’ve got to be careful what you think about. If you’re constantly thinking about your chest all the time, asking yourself “How does my chest feel, does it feel tight”? You’re actually asking your mind, to give you a tight chest. Every time that you think about dying or being ill, you get more and more adrenaline sent into the body that’s gonna make you feel ill.

So the short answer is yes you can make yourself ill, through thinking about it. So, what you do instead. Well, it is a fairly complex treatment to try to reverse on your own but it can be, quite easily reversed with the right guidance.

I see a lot of people with health anxiety, probably about 50% of the clients at the moment with health anxiety. Some can develop mysterious lumps that seem to develop some of them can’t swallow.

Some of them get feelings in the body and they’re convinced it’s cancer or a heart attack or something else. Some get tingling in hands and feet, and, and all of it it’s just because they’re focusing on it. They’re actually thinking that you’ve got it and they’re asking their mind to create some sort of a sensation.

It is something that you need to get a handle on, because you can make yourself ill through that physically through that process. So if you need any help, get in touch below and we’ll have a little chat. Alternatively go straight to the services page to read more on how my anxiety program works.

Health Anxiety

Hi Steve Norton anxiety specialist here. And what I’m going to talk about today is health anxiety, what it is and how you can change it. The first thing to understand about health anxiety is, it is an obsession.

Health anxiety and OCD

Health Anxiety is from the OCD family and how it starts as when that person has some sort of illness or discomfort, some sort of sensation in the body, rather than just passing it off as that sensation or not feeling very well. That person then starts to dig. They start digging online, they go into Google, and before they know it. This then start believing that they’ve got cancer, or some other serious illness like that.
And what then happens this is the spiral into decline. When that person then starts to worry to the point where the symptoms get even worse, then they end up going to see the doctor. The doctor gives them a thorough examination, and generally comes back and says “Look, you’ve got nothing wrong with you”, and that that person goes home feeling a little bit of relief from that.
But only temporarily, because they then start going online and start looking at medical  misdiagnosis. They find stories whereby people who have been told by doctors that they’re fit and healthy and they turned out they haven’t been fine. They they start thinking “Maybe the doctor got it wrong”.

Doctor Google!

And they’ll start digging even further on Google. That becomes an absolute obsession where the person actually makes themselves ill and exacerbates any symptom. While the very fact that that they are focusing so much on that symptom. They can almost create new symptoms and new sensations, because what they’re really doing is asking their mind to almost produce, how a more serious symptom might feel.
So that person then spirals into even worse, anxiety levels, because then start research even further.

Typical character traits of people with Health Anxiety 

Disbelieving their own doctor and going for private checks can follow. Nothing ever satisfies the obsession. It doesn’t matter who tells them, I’ve had clients who have literally spent 1000s of pounds going to see different doctors. Doctors from Harley Street, you name it all over the all over the world, getting checked out and whenever a doctor says to them and says, you’re perfectly fine. It only ever seems to have like a very short lived effect on that person.
And then the very next day, they start going back into Google, again, going on forums, almost convincing themselves that there really is something wrong with them. At this point it becomes really difficult for anyone that’s with these people living with them partners. It just gets a little bit out of control. So no amount of evidence will ever help the anxiety sufferer, if they believe they’ve got some sort of health ailment.
No amount of professionals telling them that they’re all fine, and I’ve actually seen people who’ve genuinely made themselves ill with health anxiety. I’ve actually read symptoms appear, probably due to the fact that they’ve got that much adrenaline and cortisol flying on their bodies so they end up getting real genuine stomach problems acid problems and palpitations of the heart.

Thought Retraining 

So that’s pretty much what health anxiety is, it is an obsession. It is an obsessional behaviour, used to be called hypochondria years ago. But the question you might be wondering is, is there anything I can do about it? Well, absolutely, yes there is. The first thing you need to do is understand that you’ve got this obsession that it is not an illness, what you’ve got, you’ve actually got an obsession an OCD style obsession.
Now the only way we can break this is by first of all, stop going on Google. Stop googling symptoms, and you will start changing your focus away from your health, because the more you start to focus on it, the more you’re asking your body to create sensations and refocus yourself on something else. Now, it can be quite stubborn to remove.
So my probably best advice for you would be to actually get some professional help from someone like myself who can, who specialises in removing health anxiety, and yes it does, it takes some effort to do it it’s it’s quite a stupid little pocket to get rid of health anxiety, but you can do it. And one of the reasons people cheap space because they use a technique called Thought retraining.

To summarise

And what thought retraining does, it is a technique of help stop and block the thoughts that cause the health anxiety in the first place. And if you practice the health anxiety protocol which is what I teach to my clients, you can generally get rid of health anxiety pretty quick. But like everything in life, it does have to be worked out, it needs to be practised.
So it isn’t something that has to be with you all the time. It is something that you can reverse, reverse the obsession with the right help, so if you’d like to know any more about that, you can either get in touch with me, or you can actually help with health anxiety or my new Rapid anxiety elimination programme, and that will give you the full step by step guide of how to remove health anxiety. So I hope that helps and I hope that gives you a little bit of hope that it doesn’t have to be a permanent thing.
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Mental health tips

Hi so I was recently interviewed by former bad boy and strongman Brian Cockerill asking for mental health tips. Brian turned his life around by coming off drugs and finding peace within the Christian faith. Check out the video below to get some great tips and insights into mental health issues. 

How to treat anxiety

So here today we have an interview with myself and Brian Cockerill. Therefore where we will discuss many aspects of mental health. I will provide some great tips and how we can start to change the way we think and feel about mental health. There are lots of topics included in this video in addition to a nice laid back approach.
Topics include motivation and also General Anxiety Disorder. Health anxiety, depression, OCD, and many other things in this light hearted interview. It’s nice to interact with the audience and answer questions from a live audience. 

Tips included in the video

Lack of motivation is a big issue for people today and I discuss how lack of goal setting is often the cause. You can’t be motivated if you have nothing to be motivated about!
Health anxiety is another issue that creates a lot of mental anguish these days. In the interview I discuss the symptoms and what we can do about it.
We will discuss my childhood growing up, bullying, an online trawling. Brian gives his own personal accounts to his life hence adding to this powerful interview. Brian discusses some of the struggles that he’s had to encounter in his own life, including drug addiction and also depression.
So sit back, pop your headphones on and listen to this interview. As I truly believe you will learn quite a lot from it. Consequently you will get a good insight to my therapy hence a good all round experience.
Best wishes, Steve Norton.

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Get rid of anxiety

I want to talk a little bit about how to get rid of anxiety and one of the reasons why so many people with anxiety don’t actually end up getting the help for it.

Help for anxiety 

And obviously I’ve analysed this for a long time over the last 25 years. And for the last 25 years I have literally must have sat through 1000’s of hours of telephone consultations with people.

Hundreds of hours of reading messages from people on the internet who sent me messages telling me about their anxiety has ruined in their life and that they’ve not done anything for years.  Yet here’s the amazing thing, when you do actually then offer people the solution, many of them then go quiet.

They then start going, OK I’ll think about it. When you think about that and if you’ve had anxiety for years and it’s ruining your life and then somebody provides you with a solution. You’d think they’d jump at it. Why do they go quiet with it? Why don’t they go ahead with it? Here’s one of the reasons why, it isn’t every reason but it is definitely one of the reasons. It’s because they are looking for the magic pill.

The magic get rid of anxiety pill

They are looking for someone like myself to do some sort of miraculous thing that will just take their anxiety away without them having to do anything about it. And I’m very, very honest with anyone who ever comes to my anxiety programme, or even books in chat with me.

I always tell them that it always takes work, you always have to work at whatever it is that you have to do.

Now, let’s just imagine though, let’s imagine, let’s play devil’s advocate and pretend there was someone out there whereby you didn’t have to put the effort in. You could just go to see someone like myself and this amazing person was able just to take away your anxiety, years of anxiety, whatever it is all those symptoms you’ve got, and you wouldn’t have to work on it. Imagine that!

How much would that cost you? What would they charge for that service? They could charge whatever they wanted. In fact, they probably just wouldn’t work with regular people, they don’t be working with people like royalty, celebrities, millionaires, billionaires! 

Reality time

Back to reality, though, that doesn’t exist, that person out there does not exist. Everyone that joins my program has to work at it. This is one of the questions I get asked all the time was well.

How much time do I need to work on it Steve? And I’ll say, roughly, the average person has to put in two to three hours a week on my program for 12 weeks in order for it to be successful. They often reply, two or three hours a week, I don’t know I’ve got the time for that! Two to three hours yes, but think about this.

If you’ve got anxiety, you’re anxious for 16 hours a day. It actually works out at 112 hours a week. So if you’re not prepared to put three hours a week in versus 112 hours. Well then you’re going to have anxiety forever. So what I’m saying to you is this. Don’t look for that magic pill, don’t look for that special technique that someone’s offering.

When they say I’ll get rid of anxiety forever in about 20 minutes. It doesn’t exist, if they could do that that we charge in a million pounds of session. So, if you are serious about getting rid of anxiety and you’re considering going to my programme, I’m always very honest with people.

Nothing happens all by itself

You do have to work at it, everything in life that’s ever been worthwhile doing. It took effort. And if you’ve got anxiety and you’ve had it for a long time yes a little bit of a bugger to get rid of, but it’s not impossible. You just need to work with it, or work with me and we can do it, we can change it.

So, I hope that makes sense. And hopefully we get you on the anxiety program, and get rid of it, because it’s it’s raining on your parade it’s fine your life, you don’t have to have it. I’ve now been in anxiety free now for over 30 years and it’s not coming back and it’s gone.

So, when people take that you can’t get rid of it. Ditch those people, it doesn’t have to be a permanent thing. So I hope that makes sense, and I’ll see you again soon for another video. Bye for now.

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Are anxiety and depression genetic?

Are anxiety and depression genetic? One thing we DO know is that it can be taught to children. If you have young children you might want to watch this video.In this short video I will explain why anxiety and depression can be passed through the generations so rather than it being genetic it can be learned.

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