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Cognitive Model Of Health Anxiety

A number of cognitive models of health anxiety have been published. A mechanism common to all of them is the (mis)appraisal of a bodily symptom as one of (potentially serious) illness. Other mechanisms include selective attention and symptoms resulting from increased physiological arousal (e.g. fight or flight). Cognitive Model of Health Anxiety presents adaptations of three conceptualisations of health anxiety.

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Cognitive Model Of Health Anxiety