Skip to main content

Identifying The Meaning Of Body Sensations

Some anxiety disorders (including panic and health anxiety), are concerned with body sensations and symptoms. The Identifying The Meaning Of Body Sensations worksheet helps clients to capture some of their anxious thoughts and predictions.

Some forms of anxiety, such as panic disorder and health anxiety, are particularly concerned with body sensations and symptoms. According to the cognitive-behavioral conceptualizations of these conditions it is not the symptoms themselves that cause distress, but it is the sense (or meaning) we make of them. Individuals with high levels of anxiety sensitivity are particularly prone to making anxious or catastrophic predictions, which further exacerbate anxiety. The Identifying The Meaning Of Body Sensations worksheet helps clients to capture some of their anxious thoughts and predictions. It contains some worked examples as illustration.

This worksheet can be used as a thought record to capture (anxious) cognitions regarding bodily symptoms.

  • Barlow, D. H., Craske, M. G. (2007). Mastery of your anxiety and panic (Fourth edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Lee, K., Noda, Y., Nakano, Y., Ogawa, S., Kinoshita, Y., Funayama, T., & Furukawa, T. A. (2006). Interoceptive hypersensitivity and interoceptive exposure in patients with panic disorder: specificity and effectiveness. BMC Psychiatry, 6(1), 32.

Download Options

Full pack

Includes:

Description, instructions, references, worksheet, case examples

Quick access

Includes:

Blank worksheet

Translation Template

Why?

Translate this worksheet into your language

Editable

Includes

Editable worksheet in PowerPoint format

Languages available

Sign Up To The Free Newsletter

Early access – get informed about the latest resources first

Research summaries – stay informed about developments in therapy research

No spam – newsletters delivered monthly, we won’t share your details with anyone else

Confidence assured – unsubscribe at any time