Health anxiety

CBT for health anxiety

Over the past 20 years, health anxiety has been accepted as a disorder in which the central feature is a persistent fear by the sufferer that he/she has a serious physical illness, despite medical reassurances that there is nothing medically wrong.  It used to be accepted that there was no treatment for severe health anxiety; (also known as hypochondriasis).  However, there are now published reports of successful cognitive-behavioural treatment (CBT) for this distressing condition.  Health anxiety is now routinely treated successfully by trained cognitive behavioural therapists(CBT).