At the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Sacramento Valley in Roseville, we offer cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for hypochondriasis. Our approach is practical, goal-oriented, compassionate, and scientifically-based while focusing on your individual needs. With our convenient location in Roseville just minutes from I-80, we serve the Sacramento Valley and Sierra communities of Sacramento, Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Lincoln, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Loomis, Penryn, Grass Valley, Colfax, Auburn and surrounding areas.
What is Hypochondriasis?
Hypochondriasis is a form of obsessive compulsive disorder. Unlike health anxiety, hypochondriasis is the irrational or nonsensical fear or belief that that one has a serious disease. People with hypochondriasis will believe they have a serious medical problem or worry excessively about getting an illness despite medical tests and reassurance from doctors and others.
Symptoms of Hypochondriasis
- Belief or fear that you have a serious illness, despite evidence to the contrary.
- Reassurance seeking behaviors, such as asking to visit the doctor, internet searches about symptoms, and repeatedly mentioning symptoms to others.
- Constantly monitoring bodily functions and sensations.
- Avoiding things that remind you of illness, including hospitals and people who are ill.
- Withdrawing from social or recreational activities due to health concerns.
- Conflict or isolation from friends and family due to health concerns.
Cognitive Behavioral Model of Hypochondriasis
Hypochondriasis arises out of the misinterpretation of normal and harmless bodily symptoms and sensations. With hypochondriasis, you may catastrophize when you notice something out of the ordinary, such as a skin rash or have a headache. You may believe you are more likely to have a medical problem or illness than you actually are and may have difficulty accepting that it is impossible to be 100% certain that you are illness-free. You will respond to health anxiety with compulsive behaviors such as excessive doctor shopping, reassurance seeking, checking behaviors and/or avoidance, which in turn reinforces your anxiety and inaccurate beliefs about your health.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for Hypochondriasis
Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for hypochondriasis focuses on helping you tolerate the uncertainty and anxiety resulting from an inability to be 100% sure you do not have a serious medical illness. Cognitive techniques will help you recognize health anxiety as a form of OCD and learn to not respond to the obsessive thoughts with physical compulsions or mental rituals. You will gradually face your fears and learn that you are able to handle the uncertainty and anxiety without engaging in compulsive behaviors or rituals.
Common Goals of Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Hypochondriasis
- Tolerate and welcome uncertainty and anxiety related to health concerns
- Reduce compulsive behaviors and and reassurance seeking behaviors related to health
- Learn to have normal rules for taking care of your health
How To Get Help for Hypochondriasis in Roseville/Sacramento Valley
The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Sacramento Valley in Roseville specializes in hypochondriasis therapy and counseling with adults, children and teenagers. With our convenient location in Roseville just minutes from I-80, we serve the Sacramento Valley and Sierra communities of Sacramento, Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Lincoln, Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Loomis, Penryn, Grass Valley, Colfax, Auburn and surrounding areas. Contact us at (916) 778-0771 or email us for more information on how we can help you or your family members overcome hypochondriasis.
The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Sacramento Valley is a division of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center, Adult & Child Counseling, Inc. We have a successful CBT Center in the Silicon Valley/San Jose area: Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Silicon Valley. The CBT Center of Sacramento Valley in Roseville is our second major office.
Sacramento Valley and Sierra Communities We Serve
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