Regain control of your health-related worries…
Do you frequently worry that you have, or will develop a serious illness? Do you frequently check your body for symptoms or look online to find answers about your health? Are your health worries having an impact on your social, home or work life? Our psychotherapists can help you to regain control of health-related worries and support you in your recovery.
What is Health Anxiety?
If you’re constantly worried about your health, you may have health anxiety. Health anxiety is when you’re excessively worried about your health or the health of a loved one. This can cause you to feel like you’re always in a state of panic. You may worry about getting sick, developing a serious illness, or even dying.
This can lead to compulsively checking your body for signs of illness, Googling your symptoms, and avoiding activities that could potentially make you sick. While it’s normal to have some health anxiety, if it’s impacting your quality of life, it may be time to seek help from a mental health professional.
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What are the symptoms of Health Anxiety?
When it comes to health anxiety, the symptoms can vary from person to person. However, there are some common symptoms that many people with health anxiety experience. These include:
⦿ Constantly worrying about your health
⦿ Checking your body for signs of illness or injury
⦿ Googling your symptoms
⦿ Avoiding doctors or medical appointments
⦿ Seeking reassurance from others about your health
⦿ Experiencing physical symptoms such as a racing heart, sweating, or nausea
About the author of this service
Mr. Michael Swift
Senior Integrative Psychotherapist
Michael holds qualifications in Psychotherapy & Health Psychology.
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What does therapy involve?
There are several therapy approaches that can support in the management of health anxiety including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy.
CBT is a type of therapy that helps you to change the way you think and behave in order to improve your mental health. If you’re wondering how to get started with CBT for health anxiety, here are a few steps that can help.
⦿ Identify Your Health Anxiety Triggers
The first step in CBT is to identify the things that trigger your health anxiety. These triggers can be internal (thoughts or feelings) or external (situations or events). Once you know what your triggers are, you can start to work on changing your reaction to them.
⦿ Challenge Your Negative Thoughts
If you’re prone to negative thinking when it comes to your health, CBT can help you to begin challenging your health-related thoughts, worries and concerns.
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