Hypochondriasis

Hypochondriasis is a condition when someone has a fear of becoming seriously ill. It is otherwise known as an illness anxiety disorder. This condition does not show up any physical symptoms, but the person may think that normal body sensations or minor symptoms to be a sign of a serious illness. Hypochondriasis is a long-term condition, and the severity can fluctuate.

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Is Prozac a better alternative for Paroxetine?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from severe anxiety disorder for the past two years. It all started with a severe panic attack then I was diagnosed with acute hypochondriac. I have been always worrying about my heart health and fearing that any time I may get an attack. This has reduced my quality ...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. Hypochondriasis is a serious anxiety condition which cause severe symptoms and fear about health condition. Both Paroxetine and Prozac (Fluoxetine) are the drugs belonging to SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor...  Read Full »

How to come out of the frequent intrusive thoughts and anxiety?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from anxiety, panic disorder, and perhaps OCD as well (but I have not been diagnosed with that yet) since I was 11. However, I had been completely anxiety-free for about four or five years until three months back, when I got a horrible panic attack that started it...  Read Full »


Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your description, it appears to be ruminations. Following differentials are likely: Health anxiety disorder. Hypochondriasis. OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). It is unlikely to be psychosis, as you are well aware of the absurdity of these thoughts. But a confirm...  Read Full »

I have anxiety and stress issues. Can it make me feel dizzy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 26 years old male. I have had anxiety for six years now and panic attacks from even before. I have been feeling dizzy for a week now all day, a little bit of pressure on my head. I have alternate periods of sweating and chills. I have been to the hospital a few times because I t...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. Yes, anxiety could present with symptoms like dizziness, increased sweating, and negative thoughts. Anxiety causes the activation of the sympathetic nervous system and thus present with these symptoms. Sweating is one of the most common s...  Read Full »

Why do I feel that the left side of my face is losing volume slowly?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 30-years-old male, and I am suffering from left trapezius aches and discomfort for five years. About three years ago, I noticed a dark cycle under my left eye. This concerned me so much. I began to research this, and I came across a condition called progressive hemifacial atrop...  Read Full »


Dr. Krishna Swaroop Achanta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I saw the pictures you sent (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). Both the sides of your face are symmetrical, and there is no noticeable difference. Your case is not facial atrophy as there is no change in the face's features...  Read Full »

Can Citalopram cause side effects like cold hands and feet?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 35-year-old male. My weight is 190 lbs. Due to the nature of my job I get little to no exercise. My hands and feet are always so cold. I have to take regular showers for them to feel right. For about three days half of one of my big toes is going numb with a pins and needles feel...  Read Full »


Dr. Alexander Davis

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am sorry to learn about your situation and the worries you are experiencing. Your description is consistent with two issues. 1) Cold hands and feet are often seen in patients with a state of chronic panic. Chronic panic is not a common medical term as we speak rather...  Read Full »

What are the nonpharmacological interventions to treat insomnia?

Query: Hi doctor, Around two years back, I had an MI. After recovery, I found difficulty in sleeping. So my cardiologist prescribed Alprax 0.5 mg. It solved the problem. Last month, my whole family and I were infected by COVID-19. The infection was mild, and we all recovered around 15 days back. Now I can...  Read Full »


Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your situation. You may have an anxiety disorder. There is non-pharmacological management for it. Try to follow the below guidelines to deal with it. It will help you. 1.You should do exercises daily for 30 to 45 minutes, like a walk. 2.You should do ...  Read Full »

How can I stop my health anxiety?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 60 years old and I suffer from anxiety due to my health. I do not have any other disease. I am unable to sleep due to fearful thoughts about my health. I have this issue for a week. I become panic and overwhelmed. I have never consulted a psychiatrist before and so I am using this pla...  Read Full »


Dr. Siva Anoop Yella

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Kindly elaborate on your symptoms in a better way. Please mention whether you have this problem for the first time. Please mention the fearful thoughts you have now. Please mention whether you live lonely for the past few months or weeks. Please mention whether you had ...  Read Full »

Does psychotic illness make you extremely scared of any noise?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 27 years of age. I had gone to study in abroad. I was extremely lonely there. I am a huge hypochondriac and when I started getting sleep problems, I started thinking I had some fatal disease. Subsequently, just three months ago, I somehow became convinced that I had schizophrenia and...  Read Full »


Dr. Sathya Prakash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is no need to presume at this point of time that it is a psychotic illness. I think you have been reading too much on the internet. I would like to treat this like an anxiety disorder at this point of time. There are a lot of things I would typically explain to my ...  Read Full »

Are my symptoms due to schizophrenia?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 25 years old. One night, when I tried to go off to sleep, I had racing thoughts that I had no control over. I did not hear any voices, just thoughts. I could not track them or process them. I was really scared as a result. This phenomenon has been happening whenever I try to go off t...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query with keen interest and understand your concerns. First of all, I must assure you that there is no evidence of disease called schizophrenia in your case. Schizophrenia is often presented with different kind of prodromal symptoms and they do not match ...  Read Full »

Is it possible for me to develop Tourette's syndrome without having any tics?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a female who is turning 20 years old in two months. I was recently diagnosed with high functioning autism after suspecting for two years that I could have that condition. I have never had any kind of ticks or repetitive and involuntary movements or sounds. When I was 15, I start...  Read Full »


Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Tics are quite common and experienced by many people. Tics happen more prominently when you are worried and stressed. You have been reporting anxiety and particularly worried about Tourettes syndrome. Tourettes syndrome is a severe form of tic disorder where a perso...  Read Full »

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