With health anxiety, we tend to overestimate the likelihood and severity of getting a disease as well as underestimate our ability to cope with disease. We want to use cognitive strategies in order to help challenge biased assumptions. One CBT strategy is called "examine the evidence" and allows you to challenge to distorted or biased thoughts.
Improve Health Anxiety with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
How to Improve Death Anxiety with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Behind health anxiety often lies a fear of death or death anxiety. It is important to tackle this in order to improve health anxiety. The...
Questions to Ask Yourself When Anxious about a Symptom
With health anxiety we often engage in thinking errors when interpreting symptoms and bodily sensations. It can be helpful to use socrati...
People with health anxiety tend to engage in thinking errors when it comes to their health. One type of thinking error is black-or-white thinking or seeing health as dichotomous instead of on a spectrum. You can improve dysfunctional thinking patterns through challenging thoughts through socratic questioning.
Health anxiety leads us to assume all or most symptoms or bodily sensations are indicative of a serious disease. However, our bodies are "noisy." Learn about the common sources of body noise so you can reshape your beliefs around this and refrain from automatically assuming you have a serious disease.
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