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Health anxiety is on the rise as we come out of the pandemic

The pandemic changed the way we think about illness — whether we go into a full-blown panic when a coworker sneezes or have developed a fear of leaving the house.

And while a lot of us are able to return to the world in this phase of COVID-19 easily enough, a lot of people can’t. 

Dr. Gina Touch says the diagnosis of health-specific anxiety has jumped during the pandemic.

Touch is a clinical psychologist with the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine who treats people with the disorder. She says many of her patients are trying to navigate the line between what’s reasonable to protect their health — and what’s not. 

We all are familiar with anxiety, but what does health anxiety look like today? Touch joined The Show to explain.

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Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.