Health Worriers and Their Families

Family members have considerable influence on those troubled by health anxiety. They can make things better or worse. Guidelines for friends and family to follow when coping with someone suffering from health anxiety include not ridiculing the health worrier as that person is likely to respond by worrying even more about his or her health. Besides, being made to feel ridiculous is demoralizing in general, and consequently the health worrier will be less likely to seek help. In addition, don’t collaborate with the health worrier’s compulsive checking. Repetitious checking accomplishes nothing, elicits no useful information and focuses more attention on their fears.

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