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It's Not All in Your Head: How Worrying about Your Health Could Be Making You Sick--and What You Can Do about It

by Gordon JG Asmundson and Steven Taylor Guilford Publications
Pub Date:
05/2005
ISBN:
9781572309937
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Pbk 212 pages
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Steven Taylor, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, Canada (he is an Australian author having done his Psychology & Master's degree at Melbourne University & practised here from 1987-92), Gordon J. G. Asmundson, PhD, Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies, University of Regina, Canada Studies show that one in five of us worries too much about our health. In fact, pervasive worry over preserving health or preventing disease can itself become a disorder, one with very real physical and emotional consequences. The condition is known as health anxiety, and it often leads people to misinterpret minor symptoms and normal bodily sensations as the warning signs of a serious disease. In It's Not All in Your Head, health psychologists Drs. Gordon Asmundson and Steven Taylor encourage readers to consider whether excessive worry may be their greatest cause for concern. This straightforward and effective self-help program teaches sufferers how the physical side effects of anxiety--like muscle tension, nausea, or a quickened heart rate--may compound their sense that something is wrong. For anyone whose personal life or career has been disrupted by health anxiety--and for their caring yet frustrated loved ones--this compassionate, nonjudgmental, and practical book may be just what the doctor ordered. REVIEWS: 'It may sound hard to believe, but I've been to scores of doctors and none of them have ever explained the issues that this book demystifies in such a simple, commonsense way. I have a whole new lease on life now--maybe you will too.' --- Graham, age 52 'Since reading this book, my partner has become much more rational about his anxiety. He used to hide his fears from me (while still seeking reassurance), but now he can talk about them openly and deal with them more productively. I've learned ways I can be more helpful, too, and the stress has gone down for both of us.' --- Jennifer, age 28 'This is the most comprehensive and useful book available for people who worry a lot about their health. It is practical, easy to read, and packed with helpful exercises. Most importantly, the strategies described in this book are based on solid scientific research, with proven effectiveness. Anyone who worries about their health will likely benefit from reading this book, as will the people who care about them.' --- Martin M. Antony, PhD, coauthor of 10 Simple Solutions to Panic 'In a clear, sympathetic style, these expert authors throw light on the confusing area of health anxiety. Until now, people suffering from hypochondriasis and related problems have lacked a readily accessible book to turn to for information and self-help strategies. For those who have been told their symptoms are 'all in their head,' there is finally relief here, where 'it's all in this book.'' --- Richard P. Swinson, MD, Department of Psychiatry, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada 'Full of useful scientific information, engaging anecdotes, solid advice, and no small measure of humor, It's Not All in Your Head will help put many health anxiety sufferers on the road to wellness and peace of mind.' --- Murray B. Stein, MD, MPH, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego AUDIENCE: People who worry a lot about their health and those who care about them: also of interest to health professionals. Contents: I. UNDERSTANDING HEALTH ANXIETY 1. Do I Worry Too Much about My Health? 2. Body and Brain: It's Not All in Your Head 3. Do I Have Some Other Anxiety Disorder? 4. Sick and Sad: Am I Depressed, Too? II. BREAKING THE HEALTH ANXIETY CYCLE 5. Understanding and Managing Stress 6. Thoughts That Influence Your Anxiety and How to Change Them 7. Behaviors That Influence Your Anxiety and How to Change Them III. MAINTAINING YOUR GAINS 8. Dealing with Doctors 9. Helping Friends and Family Help You 10. Living Life and Maintaining Your Gains Resources THE AUTHORS: Gordon J. G. Asmundson, PhD, is a Professor of Health Studies and Psychology at the University of Regina, an adjunct Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Saskatchewan, and a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Investigator. His work, which has been recognized with awards from the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and the Canadian chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain, focuses on the relationships between anxiety disorders, health anxiety, and acute and chronic pain, and the association of these with disability and behavior change. Steven Taylor, PhD, is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. He has received early career awards from the Canadian Psychological Association, the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, and the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. He is actively involved in clinical teaching and supervision, and maintains a private practice in Vancouver.

I. Understanding Health Anxiety1. Do I Worry Too Much about My Health?2. Body and Brain: It's Not All in Your Head3. Do I Have Some Other Anxiety Disorder?4. Sick and Sad: Am I Depressed, Too?II. Breaking the Health Anxiety Cycle5. Understanding and Managing Stress6. Thoughts That Influence Your Anxiety and How to Change Them7. Behaviors That Influence Your Anxiety and How to Change ThemIII. Maintaining Your Gains8. Dealing with Doctors9. Helping Friends and Family Help You10. Living Life and Maintaining Your GainsResources

"The authors present the concept of healthy anxiety and the problems of hypochondriasis, disease phobia, and somatic delusions in a straightforward and respectful manner....The authors present health anxiety matter-of-factly as another health problem to be dealt with, for which, luckily, there is help. The authors' presentation of this information is a work of art and will be useful not only to the reader with health anxiety but to the health care professional as a model of how to explain health anxiety problems to a patient....It's Not All in Your Head is evidence based. It is clearly written. The information presented is neither oversimplified nor laden with jargon....may be written primarily for patients with health anxiety, but it is a useful tool for professionals as well."
Gordon J. G. Asmundson, PhD, is Professor and Canadian Institutes of Health Research Investigator in Psychology and Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Regina, Canada, and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Asmundson is well known for his award-winning research in the areas of anxiety disorders, health anxiety, and acute and chronic pain. Steven Taylor, PhD, ABPP, is a clinical psychologist and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Taylor has also received several prestigious research awards. His work focuses on cognitive-behavioral treatments and anxiety disorders. Together, Drs. Asmundson and Taylor are the authors of a related professional book, ''Treating Health Anxiety,'' also published by Guilford.