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Health Anxiety Thought Record

Sara Quitlag

On this page, we will provide you with a Health Anxiety Thought Record.   It will help you to recognize and deal with your negative and irrational thoughts that trigger your health anxiety.

What is the Health Anxiety Thought Record ?

Health anxiety is an obsessive and irrational worry about having a serious medical condition. It's also called illness anxiety, and was formerly called hypochondria. This condition is marked by a person's imagination of physical symptoms of illness. The Health Anxiety Thought Record targets the people who are extremely cautious and concerned about their own health, a little concern regarding your health is fine but it crosses its limits when it starts disrupting your daily functions. It involves keeping a record of all such behaviours and actions that trigger your illness anxiety.

How will Health Anxiety Thought Record help?

After using this worksheet, you will be able to identify and recognize the negative thoughts and create healthy and positive alternative thoughts that trigger your illness. People who suffer from health anxiety are often unable to function or enjoy life due to their fears and preoccupations. They become preoccupied with bodily functions (breathing, heartbeat), minor physical abnormalities (skin blemishes), or physical sensations (headaches, stomach aches). By keeping a record of all such events that provoke your health anxiety, you will be able to develop healthy coping strategies later to deal with this behaviour and thoughts.

Instructions for the Health Anxiety Thought Record

Use this worksheet to identify what kind of thoughts lead to health anxiety.

You can download this worksheet here.

Conclusion

We provided you with a Health Anxiety Thought Record, which hopefully helped you to recognize and deal with your negative and irrational thoughts that trigger your health anxiety.

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

Resources

The worksheets on this site should not be used in place of professional advice from a mental health professional. 

You should always seek help from a mental health professional or medical professional. We are not providing any advice or recommendations here.

There are various resources where you can seek help.

You could use Online-Therapy if you feel you need counselling.

If you live in the UK then this list of resources from the NHS may help you find help.

If you live in the USA then you could contact Mental Health America who may be able to assist you further.

Sara Quitlag

Sara Quitlag is an Applied Psychologist, with a deep interest in psychopathology and neuropsychology and how psychology impacts and permeates every aspect of our environment. She has worked in Clinical settings (as Special Ed. Counselor, CBT Therapist) and has contributed at local Universities as a Faculty member from time to time. She has a graduate degree in English Literature and feels very connected to how literature and psychology interact. She feels accountable and passionate about making a "QUALITY" contribution to the overall global reform and well-being. She actively seeks out opportunities where she can spread awareness and make a positive difference across the globe for the welfare of our global society.