Overcoming Health Anxiety: Letting Go of Your Fear of Illness

Overcoming Health Anxiety: Letting Go of Your Fear of Illness

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by Katherine Owens, Martin Antony
     
 

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Written by two psychologists who specialize in treating anxiety, Overcoming Health Anxiety offers readers effective cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques for overcoming hypochondriasis and health-related fears.

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Written by two psychologists who specialize in treating anxiety, Overcoming Health Anxiety offers readers effective cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques for overcoming hypochondriasis and health-related fears.

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The authors offer a guide based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for people who worry obsessively about their physical well-being, whether due to real and difficult-to-diagnose symptoms or imagined ones. Owens and Antony—Canadian academics and experts in anxiety reduction (Antony is coauthor of The Anti-Anxiety Workbook)—note that CBT is an established therapeutic technique that involves carefully and repeatedly analyzing, and thus repeatedly exposing oneself to, the negative thoughts that lie behind dysfunctional behavior; this continued exposure can help modify thought and behavior. The authors instruct readers on how to identify and change harmful thoughts and actions through short exercises. They also include a helpful section for family members and friends of the health-anxious. For example, Owens and Antony counsel against offering too much reassurance because they consider health anxiety a form of addiction and it just leads to further demands for reassurance. Also helpful are sections such as "Making the Most of Your Appointments" (bring a list of questions, take notes) and "Dealing with Stress," which discuss mindfulness and breathing techniques. Though the tone is dry and calls out for more anecdotal material, this remains a useful guide on a not-often-examined form of anxiety that can dominate people's lives. (July)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572248380
Publisher:
New Harbinger Publications
Publication date:
07/01/2011
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
536,806
Product dimensions:
6.08(w) x 9.03(h) x 0.40(d)

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