Health anxiety also known as hypochondriasis or hypochondria, often referred to as being a ‘hypochondriac’. The person with this anxiety will always be looking for symptoms and have an unwavering belief that they have a serious medical condition.
Similar in someways to OCD, the sufferer will typically obsess about anything such as a spot, rash, stomach upset, muscle cramp.... they are likely to self diagnose and google, research and visit their GP repeatedly. Even when the results indicate that all is well, they still believe that they have something seriously wrong with them, fearing that something has been missed in the diagnosis.
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Individuals with this debilitating condition may completely ignore illness and avoid any reminders that it may bring, often never even speaking about it, whereas others often need continual reassurance from family, doctors and friends and can be challenging for all concerned as with any obsession.
So how can therapy help?
BWRT® uses a completely natural way to re-wire thought patterns in the brain and just as the health anxiety pattern was ‘learned‘ in the first place, the same method by which it was ‘learned’ can be used to change it to a new pattern and a different response, thus alleviating or greatly reducing the anxiety.