HEALTH ANXIETY AMONG MEDICAL STUDENTS

1. DR. AHMED WAHAJ, FATIMA MEMORIAL MEDICAL AND DENTAL COLLEGE
2. DR. AZATULLAH, DHQ TEACHING HOSPITAL MTI DERA ISMAIL KHAN
3. DR. SAJID ALI GORSI, CMH RAWALAKOT
Corresponding Author: Dr.Sajid Ali Gorsi, CMH Rawalakot, sajidgorsi540@gmail.com
DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4281574
Cite this article as: Wahaj A, AZATULLAH, Gorsi SA. Health anxiety among medical students. Int. J. Med. Dent. Allied Health Sci. 2020;2(11). 430-34
ABSTRACT:

Health anxiety or hypochondriasis is a condition in which a person is excessively and unduly worried about having a serious illness. Hypochondriacs become unduly alarmed about any physical or psychological symptoms they detect, no matter how minor the symptom may be, and are convinced that they have, or are about to be diagnosed with, a serious illness. This cross-sectional study was conducted among medical students of different medical colleges. A predefined proforma was distributed among all the students. Brief data i.e. name, age, gender, and different health anxiety questions were collected on a predefined proforma. All the data was entered and analyzed with SPSS ver 23.0. A total of 100 medical students were included in this study. There were 50 (50%) male students and 50 (50%) female students. The mean age of the students was 22.31±1.01 years. Out of 100 students, 21 students were having symptoms of health anxiety. Out of these 21, thirteen were hostel residents. Out of 21 students, only 5 were having behavioral therapy sessions.

Keywords: HEALTH ANXIETY