Hypochondriasis and Health Anxiety, in the series Advances in Psychotherapy, Evidence Based Practice

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An essential resource for anyone providing services for individuals with somatoform or anxiety disorders
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is now the treatment of choice for individuals with health anxiety and related problems. The latest research shows that it results in reductions in health-related worries, reassurance-seeking behavior, and phobic avoidance, as well as increases in life satisfaction and everyday functioning.
This compact, easy to understand book by experts Jonathan S. Abramowitz and Autumn E. Braddock opens with an overview of the diagnostic issues and assessment of health anxiety, and delineates a research-based conceptual framework for understanding the development, maintenance, and treatment of this problem.
The focus of the book is a highly practical guide to implementing treatment, packed with helpful clinical pearls, therapist-patient dialogues, illustrative case vignettes, and sample forms and handouts. Readers are equipped with skills for engaging reluctant patients in treatment and tailoring educational, cognitive, and behavioral techniques for health-related anxiety. The book, which also addresses common obstacles in treatment, represents an essential resource for anyone providing services for individuals with somatoform or anxiety disorders.

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Jonathan S. Abramowitz, PhD, ABPP is Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology as well as Research Associate Professor of Psychiatry, at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. He also serves as Director of the Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic at UNC. From 2000 to 2006 he was Director of the OCD/Anxiety Disorders Treatment and Research Programat the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Abramowitz conducts research on the psychopathology and treatment of anxiety disorders and has authored or edited 5 books and over 100 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters on these topics. He currently serves as Associate Editor of two professional journals, Behavior Research and Therapy and Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, as well as serving on the editorial boards of a number of other professional journals. Dr. Abramowitz is a member of the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation's Scientific Advisory Board and a member of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America's Clinical Advisory Board. In 2005 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (formerly AABT). He also served on the DSM-IV-TR Anxiety Disorders Work Group. In 2003, Dr. Abramowitz received the Outstanding Contributions to Research Award from the Mayo Clinic Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, and in 2004 he received the David Shakow Early Career Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical Psychology from Division 12 (Clinical Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. He currently lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife, Stacy, and their daughters Emily and Miriam. Autumn E. Braddock, PhD, is a primary care psychologist within the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, specializing in behavioral medicine and cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety. She is the former Codirector of the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at Mayo Clinic (2006-2008), where she served as a staff clinical health psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology and an Instructor in the Mayo Medical School. Dr. Braddock received her B.A. in Psychology from Yale University and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Sport Psychology from UCLA. She completed an APA-Accredited internship at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (West Los Angeles) and a 2-year APA-Accredited postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Health Psychology at Mayo Clinic. She has received numerous awards and grants including the Howard R. Rome Fellow Grand Rounds Award at Mayo Clinic, Distinguished Teaching Award at UCLA, and the Mead Prize for Leadership and Character at Yale University. Dr. Braddock has presented her research,primarily addressing anxiety within medical populations, at national and international conferences. She enjoys visiting with her loving parents and brothers in Colorado. Currently, she lives in Santa Maria, California with her partner and best friend, Eric.

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Chapter 8 is "Appendices: Tools and Resources." The appendix is one of my favorite aspects of this work, and is well worth the modest price of this book. The authors include worksheets for assessment, self-monitoring of body symptoms form, a symptom record, exposure hierarchy form, and an exposure practice form. Handouts for the palient include information on "our noisy bodies," the fight-or-flight response, common thinking patterns in health anxiety and tips for successfull exposure. These handouts are invaluable for clinicians to use in a busy practice. [...] In summary, I thought this book was very easy to understand for clinicians [and] in a very concise, easily digested format. -- --Mary Jo Fitz-Gerald, MD, in Psychosomatics, Vol. 53 (2), 2012

In this much needed volume, Abramowitz and Braddock share their masterful knowledge of health anxiety using an easily accessible yet exquisitely elegant framework. State-of-the-art essentials of providing empirically-based treatment for this often difficult to treat condition are covered in a clear and concise manner that is certain to facilitate positive outcomes. Clearly an invaluable resource for all clinicians providing care to those struggling with excessive anxiety regarding their health. -- --Gordon J. G. Asmundson, PhD, RD Psych, FRSC, Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, Editor-in-Chief, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

This volume in the Advances in Psychotherapy series is a practical guide to cognitive-behavioral therapy for hypochondriasis and health anxiety complete with illustrative case vignettes.[...] The authors provide a surprisingly in-depth look into the state of the field. The books in this series are great supplemental tools, references, and primers. All mental health professionals will find this book worthwhile, and primary care physicians may find it especially helpful if they have patients with health anxiety. The series is well regarded for both its academic and clinical applications. --Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM(Abbott Laboratories), 2011

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