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Treating Health Anxiety: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach Hardcover – February 13, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-1572309982 ISBN-10: 1572309989 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 299 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (February 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572309989
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572309982
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #931,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This excellent volume provides a comprehensive, scholarly, and well-organized discussion of health anxiety, rigorously addressing both what we know and don't know about it. Treatment is discussed in a way that is both conceptually elegant and practically useful. Filling a gap in the literature, this is an extremely valuable resource for the student and the clinician interested in learning about health anxiety and its treatment."--Arthur J. Barsky, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School

"Taylor and Asmundson, two of the most respected experts on this topic, have assembled the world's first book on treating health anxiety and hypochondriasis. The authors have achieved a perfect balance between reviewing the available research, setting forth a coherent theoretical framework, and providing detailed, practical advice for clinicians. This comprehensive book is rich in clinical case material, and is filled with helpful tables and handouts. It is ideal for practitioners, researchers, and students with an interest in health anxiety. All future books on health anxiety will surely be measured against this outstanding text."--Martin M. Antony, PhD, ABPP, Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre, St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

"Taylor and Asmundson have written a unique, state-of-the-art, and truly evidence-based book in which empirical findings and clinical applications are linked in an exemplary fashion. A wealth of information is provided on understanding and treating health anxiety and hypochondriasis from a cognitive-behavioral perspective. The book's message is aptly conveyed by its clear presentation of research summaries, practical guidelines, and case illustrations. Both researchers and clinicians will find this book a real asset. It may also serve as a comprehensive text for advanced students, interns, and residents in mental health disciplines."--Theo K. Bouman, PhD, Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Groningen, The Netherlands


"A very impressive, practical, and comprehensive book that is up to date and addresses the challenges in treating health anxiety, including hypochondriasis. It is rich with examples of how health anxiety presents in different patients and provides numerous practical techniques that are easily adapted into clinical practice....This is a great book...presented in a straightforward and practical manner. It is rich with practical examples about the many techniques that have some empirical support."--Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
(Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic 2004-02-15)

"Taylor and Asmundson do a commendable job of carefully reviewing many of the most common cognitive distortions and review many of the related catastrophic images associated with such distortions....Both within the text and in its appendix, the authors provide a wealth of diagnostic and assessment instruments that can be of great benefit to those working, or wishing to work, in this area....This text could be easily included in any graduate clinical psychology training program which includes courses in behavioral medicine....The book's strengths include its thoroughness and provision of various scales, procedures, strategies and guidelines to deal with health anxious patients. Primarily aimed at adults, the procedures and treatment strategies are easily and directly applicable to children and adolescents."--Child & Family Behavior Therapy
(Child & Family Behavior Therapy 2004-02-15)

"A comprehensive overview of the nature, assessment, and treatment of health anxiety disorders....Makes an extremely important contribution to the literature by providing the first published book on the treatment of health anxiety disorders. The CBT strategies outlined in the text and illustrated by numerous case examples, sample dialogue, and reproducible handouts and assessment questionnaires make this text an invaluable resource for practicing clinicians and students alike."--Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
(Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment 2004-02-15)

"A very impressive, practical, and comprehensive book that is up to date and addresses the challenges in treating health anxiety, including hypochondriasis. It is rich with examples of how health anxiety presents in different patients and provides numerous practical techniques that are easily adapted into clinical practice."--Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
(Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic 2004-02-15)

"This is a well-written book....a useful tool for those of us who invariably will face such cases in our professional life--the 'difficult-to-treat patients'....It is an easy-to-read book that would make a valuable addition to any clinician's personal library."--Psychiatric Services
(Psychiatric Services 2004-02-15)

"A valuable summary of background and treatment information on a disruptive condition. It is highly recommended, particularly for the CBT-oriented practitioner."--Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
(Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 2004-02-15)

About the Author

Steven Taylor, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He has published more than 130 journal articles and book chapters, as well as six books, and served as a consultant on the recent text revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR). The recipient of several prestigious early career awards, Dr. Taylor is actively involved in clinical teaching and supervision, and maintains a private practice in Vancouver, Canada. His interests include cognitive-behavioral treatments and mechanisms of anxiety disorders and related conditions.

Gordon J. G. Asmundson, PhD, is professor and research director in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Regina, Canada, and adjunct professor of psychiatry at the University of Saskatchewan. He has published more than 110 journal articles and book chapters, as well as several books, and served as a member of the DSM-IV Text Revision Work Group for the Anxiety Disorders. An active clinical researcher and research supervisor, Dr. Asmundson has received several prestigious early career awards. His current interests include assessment and basic mechanisms of the anxiety disorders, health anxiety, and acute and chronic pain, and the association of these with disability and behavior change.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Sometimes on August 7, 2009
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While this book is geared more toward doctors and researchers on health anxiety, I found it to be IMMENSELY helpful to me as well. I'm not a doctor and I'm not a health professional. I'm just someone who has had "health anxiety" (a term that doctors apparently aren't aware of yet) and it helped me to overcome many issues regarding this mental state.

It helped me to understand how doctors think, why they do and say the things they do, and what you can do to help yourself.
Basically, if you have health anxiety, GET THIS BOOK because it will help you to realize that you're NOT crazy and there are very real reasons why you feel the way you do. More importantly, it will help you to understand that most doctors unfortunately don't have the time to care as much as they could and should. They have to make money too, you know!

There is help out there for the suffering you feel. I sought help for many years through "professionals," but honestly this book helped me more than they did.
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The collaborative work of clinical psychologist Steven Taylor (Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, Canada) and professor of psychiatry Gordon Asmundson (Research Director, Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, University of Regina, Canada), Treating Health Anxiety: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach is a solid, in-depth resource focusing especially on helping those people for whom fears of contracting a serious illness cause excessive, serious, and chronic problems with day-to-day life. Reviewing current knowledge about health anxiety disorders, stressing the need for continuing collaboration between Cognitive-Behavioral practitioners and primary care physicians, outlining recent advances in the treatment of health anxieties, and much more, Treating Health Anxiety is a seminal contribution with emphasis on the practical and a welcome contribution to mental health reference shelves.
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