Health anxiety session for Hawick

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Teries suffering from health anxiety are invited to a free information session next month.

It is estimated that between 30-80 percent of patients who consult physicians present with symptoms for which there is no physical basis. And with this in mind, NHS Borders is running the event which will provide strategies and tips to cope more effectively.

An NHS Mental Health Service spokesperson told the Hawick News: “We all worry about our health from time to time. Sometimes this can lead us to improve our lifestyle, for example giving up smoking or eating more healthily. Health anxiety can become a problem when it gets in the way of our everyday lives, even though there can be no reason to think anything is seriously wrong.

“The good news is that small changes to our behaviours and challenging our thinking patterns can result in a reduction of health worries.”

This hour-long session is not group therapy and Teries will not be asked to talk about themselves or their personal circumstances. If they feel that atendees need one-to-one support then they will be encouraged to contact their GP for more appropriate support to be arranged.

Support group contacts, self-help leaflets and DVDs will also be available.

The session will take place in the library on Tuesday, April 7, from 5.30-6.30pm. The class is free, however, booking is essential. Contact the library on 364640 to reserve your place.