There are 3 common safety behaviors that people with health anxiety engage in. It is important to identify these unhelpful behaviors in order to learn how to refrain from them. One can learn to not refrain from these behaviors through CBT, including exposure and response prevention.
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...
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.
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.
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