Health Anxiety (Hypochondriasis; Illness Phobia): Nature, assessment and treatment
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Health Anxiety (Hypochondriasis; Illness Phobia): Nature, assessment and treatment

Neil James Kitchiner , The Priory Hospital, Bristol;
Paul Rogers Wales Office of Research & Development Research Student, Caswell Clinic, Bro Morgannwg NHS Trust & Health Service Research Department Institute of Psychiatry

Health anxiety is characterised by an abnormal preoccupation with health and leads to a wide range of cognitive, behavioural and affective symptoms. The condition has a positive response to behaviour therapy and cognitive behaviour therapy, and nurses trained in these methods can often be the ideal choice of therapist.

Mental Health Practice. 4, 8, 32-37. doi: 10.7748/mhp2001.05.4.8.32.c1695

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