Treating Health Anxiety and Fear of Death

A Practitioner's Guide

  • Patricia Furer
  • John R. Walker
  • Murray B. Stein

Part of the Series in Anxiety and Related Disorders book series (SARD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Understanding Health Anxiety

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pages 21-33
  3. Assessment and Treatment of Health Anxiety

  4. Special Populations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 198-198
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 227-268

About this book


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.


Assessment CBT Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Depression Encounter hypochondriasis intervention

Authors and affiliations

  • Patricia Furer
    • 1
  • John R. Walker
    • 2
  • Murray B. Stein
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Clinical Health PsychologyUniversity of Manitoba St. Boniface General HospitalWinnipegCanada
  2. 2.Department of Clinical Health PsychologyUniversity of Manitoba St. Boniface General HospitalWinnipegCanada
  3. 3.University of California San DiegoLa JollaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-35144-5
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-35145-2
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