Health anxiety needs more attention

Almost six per cent of Australians have experienced health anxiety - a significant and disabling condition that deserves more attention from the medical profession, psychiatrists say.

The first Australian-based survey of health anxiety, published last week, found 5.7% of people had experienced the condition, while 3.4% were experiencing it at the time of the survey.

Health anxiety was defined in the study as severe worries about ill health,