Cognitive behaviour therapy can reduce hypochondriasisBMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7442.725-a (Published 25 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:725
- Scott Gottlieb
- New York
Short term, individualised cognitive behaviour therapy can have long term benefits in reducing the symptoms of hypochondriasis in patients who are willing to try a psychological approach to treatment, a study has shown.
Until now no specific treatment has been shown to be effective against hypochondriasis, defined as a persistent fear of or belief in having a serious undiagnosed illness. Occurring in an estimated 5% of patients, the condition has been considered refractory to psychological and drug treatment.
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