Many of us have a tendency to worry unnecessarily about our health. For some the anxiety becomes chronic and they may spend many hours checking for symptoms, seeking reassurance from others, surfing the internet for information about different diseases, or repeatedly visiting the doctor. It can be distressing for them and for everyone around them.
Health anxiety can be very successfully treated with cognitive behavioural therapy. Using a structured, step-by-step approach the authors of Overcoming Health Anxiety explain how the problem develops, how to recognise what feeds the anxiety and how to develop effective methods of dealing with it. The book aims to be both accessible and reassuring, and includes questionnaires, case studies and exercises to help you practice what you learn.