Cognitive behaviour therapy can reduce hypochondriasis

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 25 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:725
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. 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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