The Worry Wheel

Health worriers tend to report similar experiences growing up. Some had to deal with an unusual illness in their family or more typically, they report parents who were themselves overly concerned about matters of health. These learned attitudes about health and illness lie dormant in the health worriers’ minds until an incident sets in motion the Worry Wheel, which brings the concerns about ill health to the fore. The precipitating event can be the sudden illness of someone they know, or even an illness that is reported to affect a celebrity. Imagining they too have a terrible illness, health worriers become depressed and worry more, sending them around the Worry Wheel once again.

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