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Treating Health Anxiety and Fear of Death: A Practitioner's Guide (Series in Anxiety and Related Disorders) Hardcover – December 1, 2006

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"This is an outstanding book that is written by some of the leading experts in the field. It combines a scholarly review of the empirical literature and a hands-on clinical guide for treating some of the most challenging psychological problems. It is a must-read for all practitioners who treat patients with health anxiety." (Stefan G. Hofmann, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Boston University, USA)

"Drs. Furer, Walker, and Stein have written a very practical treatment manual for health anxiety. Any clinician working with anxiety disorders will want to have this resource, and it is a must read for students and trainees. Copious case illustrations and handouts make the book especially user-friendly. It will occupy a prominent place on my bookshelf." (Prof. Jonathan S. Abramowitz, Anxiety Disorders Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)

"Health anxiety is a common and challenging clinical problem. Dr. Furer and colleagues, who are leading experts in the field of health anxiety, have written a superb guidebook for practitioners. Based on a blend of empirical research and years of clinical experience, this book is essential reading for all clinicians working with health-anxious patients." (Steven Taylor, PhD, ABPP, Professor, University of British Columbia, and author (with Gordon J. G. Asmundson) of Treating health anxiety: A cognitive-behavioral approach (2004, Guilford Press) and It’s not all in your head: How worrying about your health could be making you sick—and what you can do about it (2005, Guilford Press)

"Health anxiety has become a prominent feature of the consultation room, and it is a burden both for those who suffer from it as well as for practitioners. Patricia Furer, John Walker and Murray B. Stein present with this book a powerful tool for enhancing the quality of life for people suffering from hypochondriasis and health anxiety. An additional value is their focus on fear of death, an aspect much overlooked by most other books in this area. The authors provide us with ample opportunity to learn more about the disorders, about its assessment as well as its treatment, by explaining the details of the various treatment options and by providing helpful materials such as handouts, examples, and trouble shooting. An extra asset of this book is its attention for specific applications of the interventions, i.e. children and older people. This book is highly recommended to those who want to profit from up-to-date knowledge of health anxiety and its many features, and who want to provide the best care possible for their patients." (Theo K. Bouman, PhD, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology,University of Groningen, The Netherlands)

From the Back Cover

Never has our culture been more aware of personal and global health hazards, from both within and without. While most people may feel some anxiety in this regard, some have an unbearable sense of dread that prevents them from functioning.

Chronic health anxiety—heightened fears of illness, disease, and death—is a central feature of hypochondriasis, of course, but can also present as depression, generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, and other diagnoses. Treating Health Anxiety offers the professional reader not only an understanding of this condition, but also an easily implemented cognitive behavioral program for reducing fear of illness, overcoming fear of death, and getting more enjoyment from life, including:

-Step-by-step coverage of the assessment process and therapy sessions

-Client worksheets and self-monitoring forms

-Specific guidelines for treating health anxiety in children and the elderly

-Strategies for handling impasses and setbacks

-Up-to-date guide to pharmacotherapy for health anxiety

As media attention to health issues increases, client fears of illness won’t go away any time soon. Treating Health Anxiety gives prescribing and non-prescribing clinicians (as well as the counselors and social workers who encounter the problem) the tools to reduce both the fears and the medical costs that so often accompany them.

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