A 21-year-old male asked:
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any advice for hypochondria? i have very bad hypochondria and gad. i find my self not able to stop researching about illnesses i am on zoloft (sertraline)

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
What about therapy?: For best results - your medications should be combined with therapy. Consider Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Psychotherapy or hypnosis. Take care.
Answered on Dec 7, 2017
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Dr. Andrea Brand
Specializes in Family Medicine
Counseling: Suggest you see a counselor and talk to your doctor further about these feelings.
Answered on May 15, 2016
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Dr. Marcie Berman
38 years experience Clinical Psychology
Keep trying: Your anxiety is showing up as worries about health. Talking with a counselor may help you to sort this out and keep you away from your research(which makes it all worse). Also, it may help to discuss whether or not Zoloft (sertraline) is helping you. Your doc will have many options to try and improve medication effectiveness.
Answered on May 15, 2016
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Dr. Neil Kudler
29 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes: Hypochondriasis is a form of obsessive compulsive disorder that is very emotionally painful and disruptive. Zoloft (sertraline) is often very effective though generally at doses higher than the standard 50mg. It can be slowly raised to up to 200mg until you feel better. Other newer agents may he more helpful. Cognitive behavioral therapy can also provide tremendous control and relief of symptoms.
Answered on Mar 2, 2015
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Dr. Howard Gurr
39 years experience Clinical Psychology
Hypochondria: Medication helps but it is not the answer along the time. Besides taking medication you could benefit from bring in therapy with a good cognitive/ behavioral therapist. Therapy should be focused on giving you the tools to manage your anxiety, change your thinking patterns, increase your confidence, and teach you ways to improve your life in general.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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