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CBT for Health Anxiety

What is Health Anxiety?

It’s completely normal to worry about your health from time to time. However, if you notice you are experiencing anxiety, worry and distress about your health or a possible health concern, to the extent that it is stopping you from doing the things in life that matter to you then you might be experiencing health anxiety.

If you have health anxiety you might notice you are preoccupied with worries about a health problem, or a potential health problem. This can be very distressing as the worries are often about potentially catastrophic health problems, such having a heart attack, cancer or a stroke, or a debilitating, lifelong illness. 

People with health anxiety are often acutely aware of potential physical symptoms inside their body such as a tight chest, dizziness, headache, aches and pains or possible lumps. You might notice that a strong urge check and scan your body continuously for any physical sensations that might indicate a sign and symptom of illness. Your mind going to the ‘worst case scenarios’ or catastrophizing when you notice any  potential sign or symptom that could be threatening to your health. This results in a lot of upsetting thoughts, emotions and uncertainty regarding your health. ,

How can CBT for Health Anxiety help?

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CBT Therapy for health anxiety involves gaining an understanding of the causes and triggers of health anxiety in your life. We aim to identify what is keeping you stuck, going around in circles with your health anxiety. If we are able to interrupt certain aspects of this cycle then we can start to reduce your symptoms.

What usually keeps this vicious cycle going is perceptions or beliefs you hold about our health, the catastrophic interpretations of the physical sensations in your body, and what you do to cope or feel more safe in response.  Often, the physical sensations you interpret as a potential health condition are in fact the symptoms or effects of adrenaline or anxiety inside the body. Sometimes, people experience health anxiety related to a diagnosed illness.  From a CBT for health anxiety perspective, the problem lies with catastrophizing about the potential signs or symptoms of illness, that feeling that something awful is going to happen and you won’t be able to cope. 

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