If you ask Google about health anxiety, you’ll be met with huge amounts of information. I always think this is great for learning more about what exactly health anxiety is but pretty rubbish if you’re looking for solutions.
An attempt at looking for solutions will come up with things like mindfulness, take more walks and ask your G.P. All very valid, but not much help.
The truth is that out of all the different types of anxiety, health anxiety can sometimes be tricky. Stay hopeful because tricky does not mean impossible! If you’ve had a Google, you’ll notice that CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) is mentioned lots. This is because CBT is the best way to overcome all types of anxiety, and why I base my treatment plans around CBT because I think CBT alone is not the gold standard of treatment.
CBT is great, actually it’s a really fantastic tool, but 25 years of using it, tells me there are other things to add that make all the difference to beating health anxiety (or any other anxiety).
Put simply, in health anxiety, you misinterpret symptoms and overestimate danger, which also seems really sensible. We’re surrounded by information telling us to get things checked out, ‘just in case’, which is one of the difficult things about health anxiety. Checking things out seems to be the best course of action, but I also know that all the things you feel may be about being careful, could in fact be making the anxiety worse.
As an ex-athlete I’ve always advocated the benefits of keeping in shape physically, but it’s just as important to look after your mental wellbeing. Book a session with Wendy, she’s the person to help you look after your brain just as you would your body.
5 x Olympic Skier and presenter of BBC Ski Sunday.
Dare to dream big and Wendy’s THE person to help get you there.
X Factor winner with a long list of sell out tour successes under her belt.
The most exciting thing in the world is getting a chance to tear it all up and start again. Keep all the things you want and throw out everything you don’t. Wendy will help you do just that!
Beauty, lifestyle and fashion blogging sensation Becky Sheeran (TalkBeckyTalk)
It’s great to have a leading psychotherapist such as Wendy in the Cheshire area, outside of her Harley Street practice. After publicly raising awareness of mental health issues and myself recovering from depression, I know how immensely life-changing expert intervention can be.
Retired ex-professional football who played for Bury, Wigan, Stoke, Preston, Norwich, Leicester and Brighton during a 14 year career. After leaving professional football, Jason battled depression and recovered with the help of therapy and family support.