- People with severe health anxiety hold dysfunctional or maladaptive beliefs about health and illness.
- Dysfunctional beliefs develop early in life and are strengthened through reinforcement.
- Dysfunctional beliefs enter one into a cycle of unhelpful thoughts and behaviors that worsens health anxiety.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy aims to interrupt this cycle by modifying maladaptive beliefs, thinking errors, and safety behaviors.
Improve Health Anxiety with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
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- With health anxiety, we often assume that we need to be symptom-free in order to be healthy, but this isn't true.
- "Body noise" includes symptoms and bodily sensations that are due to normal, self-regulatory processes that are not a serious disease.
- Behavioral experiments can help you refrain from "black-and-white thinking" when it comes to your health.