Some anxiety about our own health is normal, but excessive health anxiety (or hypochondria) can lead to unbearable problems. This tool will help persons with excessive health anxiety to overcome their problems. Humans have many emotions, and most of them are signals and warning lights, that is, they are meant to protect us from dangers and accidents, and to help us if disasters occur. Anxiety is one of our emotions, and the anxiety response is often a friend in need. We couldn't do without it. But, it can be exaggerated until it becomes an enemy. It creates an invisible prison for the individual. In this tool, the user will have room to reflect on their own health and anxiety, and techniques and tasks that can reduce anxiety.
The tool was created by Ingvard Wilhelmsen, the doctor behind the hypochondriac clinic in Bergen, Norway.
- Who is this tool for?
This tool is for people who find that their health anxiety is so strong that it creates problems for the daily life. It largely follows the progression author Ingvard Wilhelmsen uses in conversations with patients at the Hypocondriac Clinic in Bergen, Norway.
- Content of this tool
- 1.1 Excessive health anxiety
- 1.2 Measurement
- 1.3 Attention
- 1.4 Catastrophic Thoughts
- 1.5 Quiz - Part 1
- 2.1 Medical History
- 2.2 Life is an uncertain project
- 2.3 What can you control?
- 2.4 What is your new project?
- 2.5 Quiz - Part 2
- 3.1 Rumination and worrying
- 3.2 Prepared for the worst
- 3.3 I don't dare to relax
- 3.4 I won't be able to deal with that
- 3.5 Quiz - Part 3
- 4.1 Attitudes and choice
- 4.2 Attitudes towards death and disability
- 4.3 Attitudes towards our thoughts
- 4.4 Become a good catastrophic thinker
- 4.5 Quiz - Part 4
- 5.1 Attitudes towards uncertainty
- 5.2 Three attitudes
- 5.3 Act as if you mean it
- 5.4 Quiz - Part 5
- 6.1 Exposure
- 6.2 Change takes time
- 6.3 The road ahead
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