- Paperback: 212 pages
- Publisher: The Guilford Press; Revised ed. edition (May 5, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1572309938
- ISBN-13: 978-1572309937
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 Revised ed. Edition
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"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
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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Top Customer Reviews
Unfortunately, this book focuses greatly on relaxation which I struggle with thanks to relaxation-induced anxiety. However, for those who do not know a great deal about how anxiety disorders work or effective methods for coping, this book would likely be a fantastic help.
If nothing else, it helped me work on breaking my cycle of "checking" (making sure my heart is beating properly, that things aren't discolored, that sort of thing), as well as reassured me that the physical sensations I felt weren't the source of hysteria. I don't regret buying it but I do wish it had more resources for treating your anxiety.
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.
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.