Wednesday, December 17, 2008

CBT for health anxiety

Hypochondriasis is an excessive preoccupation or worry about having a serious illness that persists even after a doctor has examined a patient and told them that they have nothing to worry about. It is thought to affect around 3% of the population and is often characterized by fears that minor bodily symptoms may indicate a serious illness, constant self-examination and self-diagnosis and a preoccupation with ones body. Cognitive-behavioural treatments (CBT) have been shown to be effective in treating hypochondriasis and so has CBT-based, short-term psycho-educational group treatment. A Dutch study of 140 people with health anxiety looked at how different people benefited, or failed to benefit from CBT. The study found that participants with high scores for health anxiety at the start of the study tended to continue to have high scores after treatment and at follow-up tests one and six months later. People with higher "background" levels of anxiety and who were older benefited least from CBT treatment.

Buwalde, Femke M. and Bouman, Theo K. - Predicting the effect of psychoeducational group treatment for hypochondriasis Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, December 2008, 15(6), 396-403


Kelly said...

My son has ADHD symptoms and also OCD which seems to increase with anxiety. We have used many things to assist. including Cat's Claw, Adrenal Cortex Organic Glandular and BioRay's Liver Life and Loving Energy. We notice his symptoms increase with allergy season so sometimes giving high doses of vitamin C and benadryl before bedtime helps as well.

John Gale said...

Thanks Kelly. If you scroll down the blog to the subject headings on the right-hand side of the screen you should find plenty of posts on OCD and ADHD which I have done over the years.
Best Wishes,
John Gale,
Mental Health Update