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Hypochondriasis: Online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Published: 2011-03-03 - Updated: 2022-05-19
Author: Disabled World | Contact: Disabled World (Disabled-World.com)
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Additional References: Cognitive Disabilities Publications

Synopsis: Internet-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for people with hypochondriasis. Internet-based therapy is cheaper than face-to-face therapy, and can also be delivered more flexibly, meaning it provides an opportunity for dramatically increasing the availability of CBT to people with hypochondriasis. The study suggests that this treatment approach is effective in reducing people's health anxiety, as well as general anxiety and depressive symptoms.

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Internet-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for people with hypochondriasis, according to Swedish research published in the March issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry.

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Hypochondriasis is also known as health anxiety. People with the disorder fear that physical symptoms are signs of serious illness - even if there is no medical evidence that anything is wrong with them. It can be a very debilitating condition, with a risk of unemployment and long-term disability. Research has shown that CBT is effective in treating hypochondriasis, but it is often not available because of its high cost and a shortage of trained therapists.

Researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, recruited 81 people who had been diagnosed with hypochondriasis to take part in their study.

After the 12 weeks, the patients who received internet-based CBT were much less anxious and had fewer depressive symptoms than patients in the control group.

The researchers followed the patients up again after 6 months, and found that the positive effects of online CBT treatment had been maintained.

Lead researcher Erik Hedman said:

"Our findings are promising for people with hypochondriasis. The study suggests that this treatment approach is effective in reducing people's health anxiety, as well as general anxiety and depressive symptoms. Internet-based therapy is cheaper than face-to-face therapy, and can also be delivered more flexibly, meaning it provides an opportunity for dramatically increasing the availability of CBT to people with hypochondriasis."

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