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Understanding Health Anxiety at Lee Psychology

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Understanding Health Anxieties

What is Health Anxiety?

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Health anxiety is a condition characterised by an excessive worry about having or acquiring a serious illness.

Individuals with health anxiety often misinterpret normal bodily sensations as signs of serious disease.

This persistent fear can lead to significant distress and can affect daily functioning, as individuals may frequently seek medical tests and reassurance, or avoid medical settings altogether fearing bad news.

Recognising the Signs

Symptoms of Health Anxiety

Individuals with health anxieties often experience a persistent fear of having a serious medical condition, despite medical reassurance.

This psychological burden can manifest through excessive worry about health, frequent checks for signs of illness, and a heightened awareness of bodily functions and sensations.

Physically, health anxieties may present themselves through symptoms such as heart palpitations, muscle tension, nausea, or fatigue.

These symptoms are often exacerbated by the individual’s anxious thoughts, creating a cycle of distress that can impact daily functioning and overall quality of life.

Understanding the Causes of Health Anxiety

Factors Contributing to Health Anxieties

Health anxiety can stem from a variety of sources, ranging from environmental influences to genetic predispositions and psychological conditions.

Understanding these triggers is crucial for managing and treating health anxiety effectively.

Environmental factors may include exposure to chronic stress or traumatic events, while genetic aspects consider family history of anxiety or related disorders.

Psychological components often involve patterns of negative thinking or behaviour that exacerbate concerns about health.

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Exploring Effective Therapy Options for Health Anxiety

Comprehensive Treatment Approaches at Lee Psychology

Therapy Options for Health Anxiety

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a highly effective treatment for Health Anxiety issues, focusing on altering negative thought patterns to improve emotional regulation and develop adaptive coping strategies.


Hypnotherapy uses guided relaxation and intense concentration to achieve a heightened state of awareness, helping patients explore painful thoughts, feelings, and memories that might be triggering health concerns at the present time.

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Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy

Combining the principles of CBT with the focused psychological state of hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy is tailored specifically for health anxiety sufferers who might not fully respond to traditional CBT.

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Meet Paul & Joan

Paul lee bsc msc (psych) & joan lee d.hyp (adv)

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Paul Lee

Mental Health Psychologist

With over 15 years of clinical experience, Paul specialises in cognitive behavioural therapy, helping clients transform their thought patterns and behaviours.

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Joan Lee


Joan integrates hypnotherapy with traditional therapeutic practices to offer innovative solutions for a wide range of mental health problems.

Ready to Beat Health Anxiety?

Explore a personalised approach to mental well-being with Lee Psychology. Schedule your initial consultation today and begin your journey towards a healthier mind.