Some people find that reading about health anxiety can help. There are many books based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). These books can help you understand more about your psychological problems and learn ways of overcoming them by changing your thinking and behaviour. To find out more about recommended books under the ‘Books on Prescription’ scheme click here.
For health anxiety, the recommended reading and further information is below:
Overcoming Health Anxiety by Rob Wilson and David Veale
How you can stop worrying about your health and enjoy life. Health anxiety can be very successfully treated with cognitive behavioural therapy – the approach taken in this self-help guide. Using a structured, step-by-step approach the authors explain how the problem develops, how to recognize what feeds it and how to develop effective methods of dealing with it. Accessible and reassuring it includes questionnaires, case studies and exercises Includes specific help for dealing with fear of death and fear of vomiting.
Online self-help resources
A range of free self-help booklets are available online from the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. They are informed by Cognitive Behavioural Principles and offer helpful information on recognising a particular problem, as well as providing practical strategies to overcome it.
These self-help booklets can be found here.