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The Self‑Fulfilling Prophecy of Health Anxiety


Almost everyone has experienced anxiety or worried about their health at some point in their life. Chantal Gautreau’s research is the first to look at those who suffer from a more severe form of health anxiety, often called hypochondriasis, and the consequences of the disorder.  

More common than one would believe, between 1 and 10 per cent of people, often in their late teens or early 20’s, experience health anxiety and the detrimental symptoms connected to it. Gautreau’s next step in her research is to publicize the disorder and causes of, while treating patients to manage the symptoms effectively.

 “One way to possibly intervene that’s suggested by my study is working on those catastrophizing thoughts: helping patients think differently about their bodily sensations.”

Gautreau’s research has recently been published in the academic journal, Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy

Read more about Chantal’s research in Breaking the Cycle