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CBT for Health Anxiety

The New York Times addresses CBT for Health Anxiety in this article, “A New Approach to Treating Hypochondria.” Jane Brody describes health anxiety as a vicious cycle: “health-related fears can be exaggerated by physical symptoms that develop as a result of anxiety about being sick or getting sick. Anxiety itself can cause a rapid heart rate, chest pain, nausea and sweating that patients then misinterpret as a sign of physical illness. “

Though this type of therapy is not new, CBT helps patients recognize unhealthy beliefs and learn to cope with anxiety provoking situations.

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