Overcoming Health Anxiety: Letting Go of Your Fear of Illness

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If you experience troubling symptoms, it’s only natural to worry about your health. But if your anxiety persists even after doctors tell you they can find nothing wrong, it may be hurting you more than it helps. You might research medical conditions on the internet, exercise constantly, or check your body for signs of disease, all the while growing more and more consumed by worry. And that worry has consequences of its own—the never-ending cycle of anxiety can all but destroy your quality of life.

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Overview

If you experience troubling symptoms, it’s only natural to worry about your health. But if your anxiety persists even after doctors tell you they can find nothing wrong, it may be hurting you more than it helps. You might research medical conditions on the internet, exercise constantly, or check your body for signs of disease, all the while growing more and more consumed by worry. And that worry has consequences of its own—the never-ending cycle of anxiety can all but destroy your quality of life.

 If you’re ready to stop being overly preoccupied with fears about your health, Overcoming Health Anxiety offers an evidence-based approach called cognitive behavioral therapy to help you get started. You’ll learn the difference between people with health anxiety and hypochondriacs, find the root of your health anxiety, and challenge illness-related thoughts. In time, you’ll drastically reduce your fears and enjoy a life free from recurring health-related worries.

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572248380
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 468,961
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine M. B. Owens, PhD, is adjunct professor at the University of Regina and clinical lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan. Clinically, Owens serves as a senior psychologist in the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region Mental Health Clinic and as a therapist in private practice. She practices, teaches, and supervises psychology and psychiatry students in the cognitive behavioral model, specializing in anxiety disorders, depression, and neuropsychological assessment. In her spare time, Owens volunteers as much as she can.

Martin M. Antony, PhD, is professor and chair in the department of psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. He is also director of research at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton, Ontario, and a past president of the Canadian Psychological Association. An award-winning researcher, Antony is coauthor of The Shyness & Social Anxiety Workbook, When Perfect Isn't Good Enough, and more than 25 other books. His research, writing, and clinical practice focus is on cognitive behavioral therapy and the treatment of anxiety disorders. He has been widely quoted in the American and Canadian media.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Understanding Health Anxiety 5

Chapter 2 Investment in Change 31

Chapter 3 Identifying and Changing Anxious Thinking 49

Chapter 4 Identifying and Changing Anxious Behaviors 75

Chapter 5 Tne Effect of Health Anxiety on Your Relationships 99

Chapter 6 Strategies for Dealing with Stress 121

Chapter 7 Medications for Health Anxiety 139

Resources 153

References 155

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    I suffer from severe panic disorder and am a bit of a hypochondr

    I suffer from severe panic disorder and am a bit of a hypochondriac. Coupled with counseling, this book has made such a difference in my life. It provides information, examples and workbook exercises. Geared toward people with hypochondria/health anxiety but can really be great for people with all forms of anxiety. I am halfway through this book and I absolutely love it. Before I started reading and going for counseling I wouldn't even leave my house! (I'm only 23) This book has shown me different ways of putting my anxious feelings into perspective. Highly recommend this book!!

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