Recommendations for the Treatment of Hypochondriac Patients

Abstract

Hypochondriasis is a debilitating condition in which patients are persistently preoccupied with the possibility of being seriously ill. Its is a costly problem for the health care system whose treatment has not received systematic attention until recently. Although based on few controlled studies, results indicated that various brief cognitive-behavioral techniques produce significant changes in illness fears and attitudes. A list of therapeutic questions that require further study is presented and some indications for both therapists and patients are given.

DOI: 10.1007/s10879-005-4322-3

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@article{Avia2005RecommendationsFT, title={Recommendations for the Treatment of Hypochondriac Patients}, author={Mar{\'i}a Dolores Avia and Manuel Antonio Ruiz}, journal={Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy}, year={2005}, volume={35}, pages={301-313} }