Hypnosis and Health Anxiety

Health anxiety refers to the experience of thinking that there may be a threat to your health, which consequently triggers your health anxiety response.

While we may think and worry about any number of health related issues, some of the more common health  anxietyrelated fears include having or developing cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, a mental illness such as schizophrenia, a thyroid disorder, or that you may have a heart attack or stroke.  Not everyone thinks about specific problems though.  Your fears could be more general, in that you simply think that something is “not quite right” and that may lead to health anxiety disorder.

When is health anxiety a problem?

To a certain extent, milder forms of health anxiety can affect us all from time to time.  Who hasn’t been concerned when waiting for some test results to come back, or had some worrisome thoughts about a new lump or bump that we have noticed?  So, at what point does mild health anxiety become a problem and lead to full blown health anxiety?  While having concerns about your health and seeking advice and appropriate health checks are something that all human beings experience, as with anything, too much of something can be bad for you.  This is where Cognitive Hypnotherapy may help you think about your health anxiety in a more balanced way.

Health anxiety can become a problem when:

  • Health anxiety is excessive
  • Health anxiety is out of proportion to the realistic likelihood of having an actual and serious medical problem
  • Health anxiety is persistent despite negative test results and/or reassurance from your health practitioner.
  • Health anxiety leads to unhelpful behaviours such as excessive checking, reassurance seeking (e.g. from doctors, family or friends), or avoidance (e.g. of check-ups, doctors, health related information).
  • Health anxiety causes you significant distress orimpairs your ability to go about your day-to-day life.

How health anxiety develops:

The exact cause of health anxiety is not known.  While there is some evidence that health anxiety, like all anxiety disorders, may in part be an inherited or biologically based problem, it is generally accepted that several other important factors can increase the likelihood of you developing this problem.

The important thing to remember is that out of control health anxiety may trigger the production of damaging stress hormones, whcih in turn could help to create the very health issues that are the cause of worry in teh first place.

A self fulfilling prophesy indeed.

A skilled hypnotherapist, using hypnosis to work directly at the subconscious level can bring effective and permanent relief from debilitating health anxiety.

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