When we hold dysfunctional beliefs about disease, information processing biases strengthen our beliefs. One type of information bias is the memory bias, in which we selectively recall threatening data. One way to correct biased information processing is to collect data to assess the accuracy of memories.
Improve Health Anxiety with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Safety Behaviors to Cope with Health Anxiety
There are 3 common safety behaviors that people with health anxiety engage in. It is important to identify these unhelpful behaviors in o...
How do You Interpret Symptoms and Bodily Sensations? Learn How Not to Catastrophize.
Health anxiety leads us to assume all or most symptoms or bodily sensations are indicative of a serious disease. However, our bodies are ...
With health anxiety, we have unhelpful or inaccurate core beliefs about health and illness. These beliefs lead us to process information in a biased way. We tend to seek out "evidence" of our belief (e.g. that serious disease is everywhere) and we ignore or dismiss evidence to the contrary. It can be helpful to use a CBT technique and track your thoughts and assumptions in a thought record so that you can identify these patterns.