Most people have felt anxious about their health or the health of loved ones at some point in their lives. In fact, we are often faced with health situations in which it is entirely appropriate to feel some anxiety, such as when waiting for the results of a biopsy, or dealing with a serious illness in a loved one. If this type of normal anxiety becomes more severe and begins to interfere with what you want to do in your life, you may have health anxiety. Health anxiety involves fears of having or getting a serious disease such as cancer, heart disease, or multiple sclerosis. You likely find that your worries continue even when your doctor says that you do not have a serious disease. You may find yourself consulting other doctors and undergoing extensive medical tests to convince yourself that you are healthy. Some people may avoid going to doctors because of difficult past experiences with health care.
In this presentation, we will discuss treatment strategies that are helpful in reducing health anxiety including: (a) addressing specific behaviours such as checking one’s body for symptoms and asking others for reassurance about one’s health, (b) learning how to counter the excessive worries about health and illness, (c) coping with bodily symptoms, (d) overcoming avoidance of situations related to illness and death, and (e) coping with fear of death.
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