Some Considerations in Treating Health Anxiety

In part because of reports in the media of new and threatening diseases, and also new forms of treatment, there are a great many people who are preoccupied by matters of health. Health worriers make up a large portion of the medical practice of most physicians. They over-utilize medical services, particularly diagnostic procedures, and nevertheless remain anxious, even when they are perfectly well. It is very difficult to reassure them. However outlandish the ideas of a health worrier may seem, they follow logically from that person’s experience. They may be wrong, but it must become clear to the health worrier that his or her concerns are truly appreciated.

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