Do you have health anxiety? Almost 70% of those who responded to a recent poll at the Anxiety Disorders Association website are anxious about their health all the time.
Health anxiety is a preoccupation with the belief that you have or are in danger of developing a serious illness.
Anxiety and panic attack sufferers can spend an inordinate amount of time focusing on bewildering symptoms and often go from doctor to doctor to get answers.
Do you feel that any discomfort in your body means bad health? If so, you may be misinterpreting normal bodily sensations, minor physical abnormalities, or physical sensations as dangerous — and you may have health anxiety. Here’s a book that can help..
Where do you go for help when no one believes you’re really sick? The doctors can’t explain your symptoms, but you know there’s something wrong because you can sense it in your body. Living with the specter of an unresolved health issue isn’t just painful, it’s isolating. The preoccupation and stress it causes can disrupt your career or interfere with personal relationships. If you continually experience symptoms of illness, or worry a lot about disease, you may be suffering from health anxiety–a condition that can produce physical effects of its own, including muscle tension, nausea, palpitations, and more.
In this compassionate and empowering book, noted psychologists Gordon J. G. Asmundson and Steven Taylor provide simple and accurate self-tests designed to help you understand health anxiety and the role it might be playing in how you feel. Concrete examples and helpful exercises show you how to change thought and behavior patterns that contribute to the aches, pains, and anxiety you’re experiencing. The authors also explain how to involve friends and family–and when to seek professional help–as you learn to stay well without worry.
“As a long-term sufferer of health anxiety, I wish I could have read this book many years ago. I know that it would have saved me a lot of grief. It is full of helpful ideas and things to do, including easy-to-follow self-assessments, exercises, and worksheets. If you worry a lot about your health, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.”–Paul, age 64
“It may sound hard to believe, but I’ve been to scores of doctors and none of them have ever explained the issues that this book demystifies in such a simple, commonsense way. I have a whole new lease on life now–maybe you will too.”–Graham, age 52
“Since reading this book, my partner has become much more rational about his anxiety. He used to hide his fears from me (while still seeking reassurance), but now he can talk about them openly and deal with them more productively. I’ve learned ways I can be more helpful, too, and the stress has gone down for both of us.”–Jennifer, age 28
If you worry excessively about your anxiety symptoms and are looking for practical advice for overcoming health anxiety, this is a must read for you.
I wish you peace,