Specializing in the Treatment of OCD,
Hypochondria / Health Anxiety,
And Related Conditions

 

Hypochondria / Health Anxiety Test

Hypochondria / Health Anxiety is an obsessive preoccupation with having a serious illness, disease, or medical condition.

The OCD Center of Los Angeles offers this free and confidential test to help you get a better idea of whether or not you are exhibiting signs of Hypochondria / Health Anxiety. Simply check those items that apply to you, and email the test to us using the simple form below. While this Hypochondria test is not meant to replace a thorough evaluation, it may help in identifying traits of Health Anxiety.


1. I worry more than most people I know about having a serious illness, disease, or medical condition.


2.  I am very aware of sensations occurring in my body, and notice many aches, pains, and/or other symptoms of what I think may be illnesses, diseases, or medical conditions.


3.  I frequently check my body for signs of illnesses, diseases, or medical conditions.


4.  I sometimes check others (my spouse, children, parents, and/or friends) for signs of illnesses, diseases, or medical conditions, and/or ask them to check themselves.


5.  I own special equpment for checking my body (i.e. blood pressure cuff).


6.  I spend time a lot of time talking to friends and family about my health concerns.


7.  I often ask friends/family to reassure me that I do not have an illness or disease.


8.  I often ask friends/family to reassure me that they do not have an illness or disease.


9.  I frequently wash or shower in an effort to make sure I do not get an illness or disease.


10.  I sometimes ask others to wash, shower, or avoid touching me if I think they have been exposed to an illness.


11.  I avoid certain people, places, things, or situations for fear of disease or illness.


12.  I spend a lot of time on the internet looking up information about illnesses and diseases.


13.  I own medical texts or other health-related books, and/or spend a lot of time researching in books about specific illnesses, diseases, or medical conditions.


14.  I avoid TV shows, movies, newspaper articles, and/or internet reports with medical themes.


15.  I go out of my way to view TV shows, movies, newspaper articles, and/or internet reports with medical themes.


16.  I often visit or call doctors because of concerns that I have a serious illness, disease, and/or medical emergency.


17.  I usually avoid doctors, even if I am worried that I have a serious illness, disease, and/or medical emergency.


18.  I often worry that doctors have not correctly diagnosed me when they are unable to find something wrong with me.


19.  I sometimes go to more than one doctor for the same medical concern because I doubt the first doctor’s diagnosis and/or lab results (i.e., multiple HIV tests).


20.  If I hear about a disease or illness (through the media, or from someone I know), I worry that I have that illness or disease.


21.  I am significantly distressed, anxious, and/or depressed about my health concerns.


22.  My concerns about my health are interfering with my relationships and/or with my academic or professional functioning.


23. I have visited doctors  times in the past 12 months due to fears that I have a disease, illness, or medical condition.


24. I spend  hours per day obsessing about my health, and/or doing compulsive behaviors specifically related to my health.


25. The following are the diseases, illnesses, and/or medical conditions that I worry about most frequently:


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If you would like more information about Hypochondria / Health Anxiety, or would like to discuss individual therapy, group therapy, online therapy, or intensive treatment at the OCD Center of Los Angeles, you can call us at (310) 824-5200, or click here to email us.


This questionnaire was developed partly on the basis of clinical experience of staff therapists at the OCD Center of Los Angeles, and partly as an adaptation of various pre-existing psychometric measures, including the Whitely Inventory. Please note that the above test is not meant to replace a complete and thorough evaluation by a licensed Cognitive-Behavioral therapist or other qualified mental health professional. Some individuals may benefit from medication, and may therefore benefit from a psychiatric evaluation. Likewise, a psychiatric assessment may be necessary to differentiate between Hypochondria / Health Anxiety and other psychological conditions. If an evaluation is indicated, the OCD Center of Los Angeles can refer you to a qualified psychiatrist in our area. Furthermore, it is imperative to make the distinction between Hypochondria / Health Anxiety and other medical conditions. For this reason, in some cases, a medical examination may be a necessary part of Hypochondria / Health Anxiety treatment.