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How Information Processing Biases can Increase Health Anxiety

Memory bias with health anxiety
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.

Fear of Death: How CBT Can Decrease Fears of the Dying Process

Fear of Death: How CBT Can Decrease Fears of the Dying Process
When it comes to the dying process, people often fear being in intense pain, feeling humiliated, and burdening or hurting others. Many people have inaccurate assumptions about the dying process, making it important to evaluate and challenge those beliefs. Examining how palliative care might help with physical pain is one way to challenge one's assumptions about the dying process.

The 'Emotional Reasoning' Thinking Error and Health Anxiety

Health Anxiety and the Emotional Reasoning Thinking Error
With health anxiety, an event happens, we have thoughts about that event, and then react to those thoughts. Learning to evaluate automatic thoughts and identify cognitive distortions is a critical skill for improving health anxiety. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps to improve health anxiety by reshaping dysfunctional thinking patterns, beliefs, and behaviors.