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CCI InfoPax: Helping Health Anxiety

Overcoming Health Anxiety: This InfoPax is designed to provide you with some information about health anxiety, including how it develops, how it is maintained, and how to decrease your health worries and concerns. It is organized into modules that are designed to be worked through in sequence. We recommend that you complete one module before going on to the next. Each module includes information, worksheets, and suggested exercises or activities.


Module 1: Understanding Health Anxiety

This module provides an overview of what health anxiety is, how it can be a problem, and what kind of impact it can have on a person’s life.  PDF document: 272kb. 


Module 2: How Health Anxiety Develops

This module explores, and provides a model of, how health anxiety may develop.  PDF document: 247kb.  


Module 3: What Keeps Health Anxiety Going?

This module explores, and provides a model, of how health anxiety might be triggered and then maintained.  PDF document: 300kb.  


Module 4: Reducing Your Focus on Health Symptoms and Worries

This module explores some attention training exercises aimed at reducing the amount of time you spend focused on health symptoms and worries. PDF document: 291kb. 


Module 5: Re-evaluating Unhelpful Health Related Thinking

This module explores how your thoughts can influence your feelings, physiological state, and behaviors. This module then discuses ways to evaluate and overcome unhelpful health related thinking. PDF document: 251kb. 


Module 6: Reducing Checking and Reassurance Seeking

This module explores the different ways people check and seek reassurance regarding their health concerns, discusses the difference between helpful and unhelpful checking and reassurance seeking, and introduces strategies to reduce or eliminate these behaviors. PDF document: 309kb.  


Module 7: Challenging Avoidance and Safety Behaviors

This module explores how avoidance and safety behaviors can keep health anxiety going, and introduces a strategy to gradually reduce and overcome these behaviors. PDF document: 259kb.  


Module 8: Adjusting Health Rules and Assumptions

In this module we will focus on challenging the unhelpful rules and assumptions that can keep you caught in the vicious cycle of health anxiety. PDF document: 195kb. 


Module 9: Healthy Living and Self Management Planning

This final module brings all the concepts of this information package together, presents a new model for healthy living, and includes a self-management plan to help you to stay on track in the future.   PDF document: 234kb.  


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