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Health anxiety is a condition where someone constantly worries about whether they are ill. It is also known as hypochondria, and it can derail someone’s well-being if it is not treated. People with hypochondria can develop fears around food, the outdoors, and a host of other social activities, making life an isolated experience. Physical symptoms can also become apparent in severe cases of health anxiety. Some of these include weight and hair loss, fatigue, and bouts of nausea.
There are various ways to treat hypochondria, and many of the treatment methods are like how you would approach any compulsive disorder. Doctors and general practitioners often recommend lifestyle changes. Journaling, exercise, and a regimental diet are some of the methods that reinforce a positive mindset. In some cases, medication is proscribed, yet this is not common with hypochondria as there may be a host of side effects that exacerbate health anxiety. The best treatment is a combination of therapy and positive lifestyle changes. As a result of such treatment, individuals suffering from health anxiety will be able to rationalise their illness better and understand the stimuli that instigate hypochondriac behaviour and thoughts.
Health Anxiety Treatment in Glasgow
Worrying about your physical and mental health can be difficult to discuss, especially if you have been dismissed previously. The thoughts that surround illness can sometimes stop you from living your life. As a result, your job, personal relationships, and motivation may suffer. At Psychology Scotland, we understand the difficulty in approaching a conversation about the topic of health anxiety. One of our priorities has been to create a friendly and hospitable environment that is accessible to people from all walks of life. Whether you are new to therapy or have existing experience with psychological counselling, you can be assured of inclusivity at our centre. You will be welcome with Psychology Scotland to start your therapy journey no matter how small your problem may seem.
Our professional therapists offer the most popular and well-research treatment methods available. After an initial consultation, you will be advised to take a therapeutic intervention that matches your needs. All of your interests are taken into consideration, as is the state of your well-being. Every treatment method offered is supported with strong empirical evidence, and you will develop tools to maintain an improved mindset outside of therapy. We aim to equip you with the tools to build better relationships with yourself and your loved ones long-term.
If you do suffer from health anxiety, it is time to seek out help. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) will help you and your therapist identify the triggers and allow you to work through them. In contrast, person-centred therapy (PCT) and mindfulness can aid you in finding presence. Whichever therapy is recommended, you will become confident in dealing with any persistent health concerns. Taking the first step toward therapy is often the hardest, but we are here to make it as easy as possible. Your path to a more positive life starts here, and we want to work closely with you to achieve this.
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I would highly recommend the Psychology Scotland team, especially if you are someone who hasn't had experience with therapy beforehand.
Could not recommend higher. Always super friendly, professional and Fraser makes you feel at ease the moment you start talking to him. Would give six stars if I could!
Very professional and helpful team, Fraser helped me when dealing with loss of family members due to cancer and also provided guidance when dealing with other personal challenges. Have recommended him to other men and they have also been grateful to him for his support
Excellent space to reflect and receive professional and empathetic support - I highly recommend to anyone still considering!
Fraser is a lovely guy who is very professional and compassionateand I can highly recommend
I have found the therapy offered by Psychology Scotland very helpful and the trainer counsellor to be engaging and supportive
Friendly and professional. Always helpful, attentive and caring.
My whole experience with Psychology Scotland was professional and incredibly helpful. From the booking process to working with my psychologist. The whole process was brilliant.