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Tackling Health Anxiety
A CBT Handbook


  • Date Published: July 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781908020901

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  • This straightforward book explains how to deliver cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) for health anxiety in ordinary practice. Health anxiety is very common but it is often undetected, especially in medical settings where people are constantly looking for evidence of physical disease. The problem is that many people with this condition are more concerned with further tests and investigations to exclude physical illness than with addressing their own worries over health. The introduction of psychological treatment has to be handled sensitively if it is going to be successful. This book shows how it can be done. All clinicians - from nurses working in general practice, to consultant physicians - will recognise the scenarios Dr Tyrer uses to illustrate her practical approach to alleviating the distress felt by so many patients. All clinicians will value the time they can save by tackling their patients' health anxiety. This will be useful for liaison psychiatrists and, to some extent, for all healthcare professionals - especially general practitioners and nurses in primary care.

    • Presents a new version of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) specifically for health anxiety
    • Explains how to recognise health anxiety, and how to separate the problems of anxiety from those of physical illness
    • Shows how to engage patients and introduce therapy
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781908020901
    • length: 148 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.28kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables, boxes, figures and case examples
    Part I. Principles and Practice of CBT for Health Anxiety:
    1. Introduction
    2. The cognitive theory of health anxiety
    3. Style of therapy
    4. The initial assessment
    5. Specific techniques
    6. Homework: setting and evaluation
    7. Setting goals
    8. Relapse prevention
    9. Troubleshooting
    Part II. Presentation and Aspects of Management of Health Anxiety, by Medical Specialty:
    10. Cardiology
    11. Respiratory medicine
    12. Gastroenterology
    13. Endocrinology
    14. Neurology
    15. Genito-urinary medicine
    16. Pain management
    17. Conclusions

  • Author

    Helen Tyrer

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