Many Americans spend way too much time worrying about whether simple aches and pains such as headaches can lead to chronic or even life-threatening health concerns.

If this sounds like you, this can mean you are suffering from a chronic condition called "worried well."

Worried well is a term used for individuals who spend half of their time obsessing over one's health and the other half in and out of the doctor's office.

Health experts believe with unclear health advice, health care providers more times than not give on screenings for a slew of conditions can be harmful and useless because it sparks patients to continue with unnecessary follow-up procedures.

As a consequence many Americans are wasting away billions of dollars each year for futile scans, biopsies and examinations. Not only can financial debt rise for patients, but also anxiety from waiting on results for screenings.

Catherine Belling, a Northwestern University medical school professor who wrote a just-released book, "A Condition of Doubt: The Meanings of Hypochondria," told the Chicago Tribune "Americans are encouraged to think like hypochondriacs."

Belling believes the public health system has fostered a society of early detection and disease awareness that urges Americans to think they are sick even when they are not.

Additionally, Belling believes society also has a hard time fully trusting doctors like years prior. For instance once your primary health care provider has cleared you of any disease or cancer, for many the following thought is whether he or she should receive a second opinion to be sure.

Belling also understands in the age where society google's everything, it can also provide individuals with another platform to inflict endless worrying.

Belling recommends people begin tricking themselves to become mentally healthy. What that means is deluding oneself about the risk of something going wrong.