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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 Paperback – May 5, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1572309937 ISBN-10: 1572309938 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (May 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572309938
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572309937
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As a long-term sufferer of health anxiety, I wish I could have read this book many years ago. I know that it would have saved me a lot of grief. It is full of helpful ideas and things to do, including easy-to-follow self-assessments, exercises, and worksheets. If you worry a lot about your health, I cannot recommend this book highly enough."--Paul, age 64

"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 his or her 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; Director, Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre, St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

"Asmundson and Taylor, two very accomplished researchers, have turned their considerable clinical and writing skills to a much-neglected topic. 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

"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

"If you or someone you love worries too much about health concerns, help is finally at hand. Two internationally renowned experts share the latest information and offer helpful tools to help people feel healthier and worry less. Clear, helpful, and state-of-the-art."--Theo K. Bouman, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Groningen, The Netherlands; coauthor of Anxiety Disorders: A Practitioner's Guide


"This book is definitely worth buying as an adjunct to CBT treatment, or as a first line treatment for mild health anxiety in primary care."--Journal of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
(Journal of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy 2005-05-07)

"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."--PsycCRITIQUES
(PsycCRITIQUES 2005-05-07)

About the Author

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.

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It is very thorough and simple to understand.
onthewallbooks
I would highly recommend this to people who are suffering from health anxiety.
Lorns
Good exercises to perform to alleviate anxiety.
Dakota Girl

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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By onthewallbooks on March 20, 2006
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None of the other books listed by Amazon sounded like they dealt with health anxiety, so I tried this one. It is EXCELLENT!!! It is very thorough and simple to understand. It has wonderful tips to use as well as suggestions on how to work with doctors and when to get additional help. Not much is written for the regular person on health anxiety, so this is a very valuable resource. Health anxiety is a form of anxiety in which the person worries excessively about his health and bodily sensations. Going to the doctor repeatedly for assurance does not help because you can get addicted to the reassurance! By the time you get home from the doctor after he tells you that you are fine, you have convinced yourself that he must have made some type of error or omission of tests, and you are super worried all over again! This book uses cognitive behavior therapy to help break the cycle of worry and fear over symptoms.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Sometimes on August 7, 2009
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If you suffer from health anxiety or hypochondriasis, you may benefit greatly from reading this book. For a while, I thought I was literally going to lose my mind. I worried a great deal about every little thing that was going on in my "noisy" body.
The book is written by two experts in the field. They are authorities on this subject and they really hit on all of the issues that people might be facing.
This is a thorough book with stunning insight, options, brilliant self-help plans and it is clearly written with compassion for the sufferer.
After many, many years with health anxiety and getting little or no help from therapists, I turned to this book and also to the authors' other book entitled, Health Anxiety. These books helped me, comforted me and fostered my self-awareness in ways that health professionals could not. A+
And if you are a sufferer, please know that there is help awaiting you. And you are definitely not fighting alone.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By C. Allen on March 22, 2008
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This book does an excellent job of not blaming patients. It simply asks them to focus on improving their accuracy rate of whether something is physical or anxiety related. Dr. Asmundsom and Taylor get the right feel to the balance of encouraging patients to consider what is physical and what is cognitive. Patients, and families, have responded well to this book in my experience. And this book is greatly needed for patients who are highly anxious, terrorized at times, of the danger of their physical concerns.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Shannon on July 18, 2012
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I have been dealing with some death anxiety/hypochondria type feelings and this book clearly explained to me the WHY. The WHAT. How to overcome the panic and control my anxiety. Highly recommend.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Daryl A. Ligon on September 17, 2008
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This book has been a tremendous help to me! The book is well organized and is designed for logical thinkers. One section was especially helpful for me; a section that explains how no amount of checking or reassurance makes your health any better. When I read that section, I STOPPED checking and reassuring myself for good! Why did I stop? Because the book makes logical sense and is written by two psychologists who really know what they are talking about. I use to be horrible at checking my blood pressure and blood sugar, but now I only have my pressure checked at the doctor's office. I have also gone to the doctor less often after reading this book. Anyone who has health anxiety problems or know someone who does should get this book! The book should be used by Clinical Psychology students in ALL grad schools in my opinion.

For ALL Therapists: The book allows your patient to became pro-active in treating their health anxiety. You can work with them during your sessions to help them overcome their Health Anxiety.

For ALL Patients: Don't just read the book. Put what you are reading into action and it should work for you. First and foremost, don't read the book in a negative (Oh this book will never work for me) mindset.

I don't know why this book has not received more attention than it has actually. Bad marketing possibly?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shenandoah Johnston on July 30, 2014
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I'm only 20 pages into this book and feel a tremendous amount of relief. When I was 15, I watched my aunt lose her battle with cancer. For the past 20 years now, I've been a watch dog over my body, fearful of every ache, bump, canker sore, bout of fatigue, stomach pain, you name it. I've lived in fear that a terrible disease was going to jump up, grab me by my throat and take away my beautiful life as I know it. I picture myself like a character in a horror/thriller movie with a knife, walking through a house and quickly turning around to see what's behind me.
I am not alone. Tons of people deal with this and over analyze every sensation in their body. We take the idea that "if your body hurts it's telling you something" to a whole new level. I had no idea that fatigue made you feel more than simply tired. Fatigue drags along 10 other sensations. So does being sedentary. I had no idea that lack of movement could cause muscle soreness.
This book is clear, direct, and relieving. I'm very much looking forward to the next 150 pages. If you've read this far, you should just buy the book. It's cheaper than your co-pay :-)
Your sensations are real. Just because a doctor says your healthy doesn't mean he missed something. It's simply a normal sensation for you to feel. Other people ignore it or don't notice it, but we concentrate on it. I'm sure my eyes will be opened even more as I read on.
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