Health anxiety: Part 2 – cognitive-behavioural therapy

by Professor Peter Tyrer and Dr Helen Tyrer


Published: January 2017


Health anxiety is generally badly managed in ordinary practice. This is because practitioners are more concerned with excluding disease than with identifying abnormal concerns about disease and intervening appropriately.


This module shows that practitioners with little previous knowledge of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) can give this intervention successfully and maintain its value in the long term.


We will consider the initial engagement procedure with the patient, how to develop your formulation and the various CBT techniques that are helpful in treating health anxiety, as well as examining evidence of the efficacy of such treatment.


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If you like this module, you may also be interested in:

Health anxiety: Part 1 – concept, prevalence and management by Professor Peter Tyrer and Dr Helen Tyrer


Introduction to cognitive-behavioural therapy by Professor Chris Williams and Dr Rebeca Martinez


Computer-aided cognitive-behavioural therapy by Dr Lina Gega and Professor Isaac Marks


Book from RCPsych Publications: Tackling Health Anxiety: A CBT Handbook


BJPsych Advances: related articles for CPD Online



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This module is a joint commission with the following article published in BJPsych Advances:

Tyrer P, Tyrer H (2018) Health anxiety: detection and treatment. BJPsych Advances, 24: 66–72. [abstract]


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