So since there is a few people here asking about health anxiety I'd like to share my story with it and how i'm currently going with it. So about 4 months ago I got diagnosed with severe anxiety/panic disorder and mild depression, with the main cause of my anxiety being based around my health. General stuff like thinking I was going to have a heart attack or was having a stroke, It was at a point that I couldn't get sleep at all without medication and was unable to leave the house plus needed help each week from my psych and GP.
The first thing I did was reset, like I stopped what I was doing at the time and focused solely on myself and making myself feel other things (like having reprieves from anxiety). What did that for me was basic calming routines that I focused on like meditation, reading with tea and a self reflection diary. This went on for about 2 months and it got a lot easier as time went on, my anxiety died down a lot and I could do basic stuff now. Had a few complications though, which was that I had lost a lot of weight from it and my self confidence was at an all time low.
So after about 2 months, I was told to have more "fun" by my psych, it was a great idea but I didn't really understand what see mean't by fun stuff. What she mean't was to be more actively social and create a bliss feeling by being around enjoyable people, which worked wonders for my anxiety cause I was focused on being with them instead of focusing on my health. Which led me to be curious as to why I get my health anxiety when i'm alone, scary thought process but by writing it out and talking about it I managed to understand that because I had stopped moving forward and looking at potential things I was so focused on the present issue of anxiety that it basically became my purpose and what I needed to do was get my passion/drive back for other things.
So in this last month, I've done a lot of soul searching and tried fun things to gain some self confidence and passion back which has helped my health anxiety go back enough that I'm starting to wane of my medication now. My health anxiety is still around but it doesn't control me anymore and I know how to settle it down and with each passing day, whether its a good or bad day, I feel as though its slowly receding and becoming less of a hindrance!
Hope it helps anyone looking for some advice about health anxiety!