Treating Health Anxiety and Fear of Death: A Practitioner's Guide / Edition 1

Treating Health Anxiety and Fear of Death: A Practitioner's Guide / Edition 1

by Patricia Furer, John R. Walker, Murray B. Stein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0387351442

ISBN-13: 9780387351445

Pub. Date: 02/11/2009

Publisher: Springer New York

Never has our culture been more aware of personal and global health hazards, from both within and without. While most people may feel some anxiety in this regard, some have an unbearable sense of dread that prevents them from functioning.

Chronic health anxiety—heightened fears of illness, disease, and death—is a central feature of hypochondriasis, of

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Overview

Never has our culture been more aware of personal and global health hazards, from both within and without. While most people may feel some anxiety in this regard, some have an unbearable sense of dread that prevents them from functioning.

Chronic health anxiety—heightened fears of illness, disease, and death—is a central feature of hypochondriasis, of course, but can also present as depression, generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, and other diagnoses. Treating Health Anxiety offers the professional reader not only an understanding of this condition, but also an easily implemented cognitive/behavioral program for reducing fear of illness, overcoming the fear of death, and getting more enjoyment from life, including:

-Step-by-step coverage of the assessment process and therapy sessions

-Patient worksheets and self-monitoring forms

-Specific guidelines for treating health anxiety in children and the elderly

-Strategies for handling impasses and setbacks

-Up-to-date guide to pharmacotherapy for health anxiety.

As media attention to health issues increases, client fears of illness won’t go away any time soon. Treating Health Anxiety gives prescribing and non-prescribing clinicians (as well as the counselors and social workers who encounter the problem) the tools to reduce both the fears and the medical costs that so often accompany them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780387351445
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
02/11/2009
Series:
Series in Anxiety and Related Disorders
Edition description:
2007
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments and Preface

PART I: UNDERSTANDING HEALTH ANXIETY

Chapter 1. Fear of Illness and Death

Chapter 2. Etiological Factors

Chapter 3. A Cognitive Behavioral Perspective

PART II: ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT OF HEALTH ANXIETY

Chapter 4. Treatment of Health Anxiety: What Are the Choices?

Chapter 5. Assessment and Diagnostic Issues

Chapter 6. Overview of Cognitive Behavioral Treatment

Chapter 7. Response Prevention and Coping with Physical Symptoms

Chapter 8. Exposure to Feared Illnesses and Symptoms

Chapter 9. Cognitive Interventions

Chapter 10. Overcoming Fear of Death

Chapter 11. Satisfaction and Enjoyment of Life

Chapter 12. Pharmacological Treatment

Chapter 13. Troubleshooting and Coping with Setbacks

PART III: SPECIAL POPULATIONS

Chapter 14. Health Anxiety and Somatization in Children

Chapter 15. Health Anxiety in Illness and Aging

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