CBT for health anxiety
What is health anxiety?
Health anxiety used to be known as hypochondriasis. If you have health anxiety, it means you misinterpret usual bodily symptoms and become convinced that you have a critical or life-threatening illness.
Are you struggling with health anxiety?
It’s time to get help when:
- You are very anxious and often scared about the state of your health
- You’re a frequent visitor to your GP
- You are developing coping behaviours to deal with your feelings, such as avoiding hospitals and medical issues, or obsessing about them, researching them online and making appointments that you don’t need
CBT and health anxiety
With CBT treatment for health anxiety, you’ll learn to monitor and understand the triggers to your anxiety, how it makes you feel and how it makes you act. You’ll be encouraged to reduce coping mechanisms and reassurance behaviours, as well as to be able to balance anxiety-provoking beliefs and thoughts so you can be more balanced and compassionate with yourself.
There is now a strong evidence base supporting the fact that CBT is an effective treatment for long-term and persistent health anxiety.