Freedom from Health Anxiety: Understand and Overcome Obsessive Worry about Your Health or Someone Else's and Find Peace of Mind (Paperback)
Discover essential skills to liberate yourself from persistent anxiety about your health.
Are you constantly worrying about your health, or the health of a loved one? Do you frequently check yourself for lumps, bumps, tingling, or pain? Do you find yourself endlessly looking up symptoms on the internet? Perhaps you find yourself asking others for reassurance or validation that you're okay, obsessing over health scares in the media, or monitoring your blood pressure on an hourly basis? No matter how your health anxiety manifests, it can be a crippling psychological burden. Endlessly ruminating about illness and death can affect all aspects of life--at home, work, school, as well as the doctor's office. And if you're obsessing over the health of a loved one, that can put tremendous pressure on the relationship.
In Freedom from Health Anxiety, nationally recognized anxiety expert Karen Lynn Cassiday teaches you skills to conquer health anxiety, once and for all. You'll learn to switch from focusing on worst-case scenarios to appreciating the joy of the present moment--regardless of health status. Using a blend of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), positive psychology, and the author's "learned inhibition" model, you'll finally acquire the tools you need to take charge of your fear and break the cycle of stressing over your--or your loved one's--well-being. You'll also learn effective methods for tolerating health uncertainty, getting in touch with your body's cues, and rediscovering the pleasure of the present.
It's time to find freedom from the obsessive fears that stand between you and true happiness. If you're ready to trade endless hours of online self-diagnosis (Goodbye, Dr. Google ) for a life filled with a genuine appreciation for each moment, this book will show you the way.
About the Author
Karen Lynn Cassiday, PhD, is owner and clinical director of the Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago, the upper Midwest's longest-running exposure-based treatment center for anxiety disorders. She has served as president of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA); chair of the scientific advisory board of Beyond OCD; and has published numerous articles, a book for parents of anxious children, and numerous scientific publications that advance the understanding of anxiety disorders. She is a popular commentator in the media, radio show host, and TEDx presenter. She is also clinical assistant professor in the department of clinical psychology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Sciences. She won the prestigious Clinician of Distinction Award from the ADAA, is an ADAA clinical fellow, a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT), and one of its certified trainers. Foreword writer Simon Rego, PsyD, is a board-certified cognitive behavioral psychologist with more than twenty years of experience. He is chief psychologist, director of psychology training, and director of the cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) training program at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, NY. He is also associate professor of clinical psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.