Tackling Health Anxiety: A CBT Handbook
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.
- A new version of CBT specifically for health
- How to recognise health anxiety.
- How to engage patients and introduce
- How to separate the problems of anxiety from
those of physical illness.
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’
This will be useful for liaison
psychiatrists and, to some extent, for all healthcare professionals
– especially general practitioners and nurses in primary care.
Dr Helen Tyrer –
Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Imperial College, London.
List of tables, boxes,
figures and case examples
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
11. Respiratory medicine
15. Genito-urinary medicine
16. Pain management