"This excellent volume provides a comprehensive, scholarly, and well-organized discussion of health anxiety, rigorously addressing both what we know and don't know about it. Treatment is discussed in a way that is both conceptually elegant and practically useful. Filling a gap in the literature, this is an extremely valuable resource for the student and the clinician interested in learning about health anxiety and its treatment."--Arthur J. Barsky, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School "Taylor and Asmundson, two of the most respected experts on this topic, have assembled the world's first book on treating health anxiety and hypochondriasis. The authors have achieved a perfect balance between reviewing the available research, setting forth a coherent theoretical framework, and providing detailed, practical advice for clinicians. This comprehensive book is rich in clinical case material, and is filled with helpful tables and handouts. It is ideal for practitioners, researchers, and students with an interest in health anxiety. All future books on health anxiety will surely be measured against this outstanding text."--Martin M. Antony, PhD, ABPP, Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre, St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada "Taylor and Asmundson have written a unique, state-of-the-art, and truly evidence-based book in which empirical findings and clinical applications are linked in an exemplary fashion. A wealth of information is provided on understanding and treating health anxiety and hypochondriasis from a cognitive-behavioral perspective. The book's message is aptly conveyed by its clear presentation of research summaries, practical guidelines, and case illustrations. Both researchers and clinicians will find this book a real asset. It may also serve as a comprehensive text for advanced students, interns, and residents in mental health disciplines."--Theo K. Bouman, PhD, Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Groningen, The NetherlandsVom Verlag:
Grounded in current theory and treatment research, this highly practical book presents a comprehensive framework for assessing and treating health anxiety, including full-blown and milder (subclinical) forms of hypochondriasis. The current state of knowledge about these prevalent and costly problems is reviewed, and assessment methods and empirically supported treatments described. Clear, step-by-step recommendations are provided for engaging patients or clients, implementing carefully planned cognitive and behavioral interventions, and troubleshooting potential pitfalls. Important advances in pharmacotherapy for persons with health anxiety disorders are also discussed. Enhancing the utility of this clinician- and student-friendly resource are numerous case examples and sample dialogues, quick-reference tables and boxed material, and over 20 reproducible handouts and assessment forms.
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