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How Anxiety About Health Can Disrupt Someone's Life

How Anxiety About Health Can Disrupt Someone's Life
  • 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.

Try the “No Help” Experiment to Improve Your Health Anxiety

Reassurance-seeking for health anxiety
  • 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.