Pregnancy-specific health anxiety: symptom or diagnosis?

Rathbone, Amy Leigh ORCID: 0000-0002-8398-9533 and Prescott, Julie ORCID: 0000-0001-8612-2495 (2019) Pregnancy-specific health anxiety: symptom or diagnosis? British Journal of Midwifery, 27 (5). pp. 288-293. ISSN 0969-4900

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Anxiety is an innate human response to situations that cause fear, worry or concern. One such type is health anxiety. Health anxiety is a term derived from hypochondriasis and divided into two disorders: illness anxiety disorder and somatic symptom disorder. Symptoms can range from mild-to-moderate expressions of worry to clinical diagnoses. Previous research has shown pregnancy-specific anxiety to be an autonomous anxiety disorder. When a woman conceives, immediate somatic changes are experienced, and although all pregnancies are different, these changes could cause either illness anxiety disorder or somatic symptom disorder. This review explores the possibility of pregnancy-specific health anxiety in greater detail.

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Additional Information: This paper has been published in in British Journal of Midwifery, copyright © MA Healthcare. To access the final edited and published work see .
Uncontrolled Keywords: anxiety, pregnancy, health anxiety, illness anxiety disorder, somatic symptom disorder, mental health
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
School of Education and Psychology > Psychology
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 09 May 2019 07:55
Last Modified: 09 May 2019 07:55
Identification Number: 10.12968/bjom.2019.27.5.288

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