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Derrick Fulton

on 22 April 2010

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Transcript of Hypochondria

Double click anywhere & add an idea Hypocondria

By Derrick Fulton and Darion English
What is it?

Hypochondria is a belief that real or imagined physical symptoms are signs of a serious illness, despite medical reassurance and other evidence to the contrary. Signs and Symptoms
Disturbance lasts for at least 6 months
Misinterpret symptoms
No apparent physical disorder that can account for symptoms
Persistent fear of having a serious illness with no medical reason
Preoccupied with fear of illness
Symptoms may shift and change
Symptoms may be vague or specific
Constant change of docter Treatment of hypochondria can be difficult, especially if you aren't a willing and active participant in your care. But effective treatment is often successful. Treatment is often a joint effort between your family doctor and a mental health provider.

Psychotherapy is the primary treatment for hypochondria. Some research shows that a form of psychotherapy called cognitive behavioral therapy is most effective for hypochondria. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you recognize and understand the false beliefs that trigger your health anxiety.

Certain antidepressant medications may be helpful in treating hypochondria. Some research indicates that both selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) may help relieve such symptoms as anxiety, fear of disease and physical (somatic) problems.
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