I went to a psychiatrist today so I can get some meds to relieve this horrible anxiety. As we were talking, I told him about how I am always afraid of dying, being separated from my kids, that kind of thing. I have really bad health anxiety and when I get on a "kick" of having an illness, it is constantly in my mind. To the point I'm doing "health checks" on myself (ie pulse, checking for weakness) I have never had a dr tell me I have ocd which brings on my anxiety. I've always thought of ocd as hand washing, checking a door, counting. I guess my thoughts about being ill is as obsessive as it could be. It's just strange that i could go all these years and never have a dr tell me he thinks I have that! For those of you who have ocd tell me what you think. Could health anxiety really be a form of ocd?