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A 24-year-old female asked:

I suffer from hypochondria and i really need help since it causes me a lot of stress and anxiety. how can i treat it?

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Dr. Layne Hermansen
Specializes in Family Medicine
Counseling + SSRI: SSRI is a common type of antidepressant / antianxiety medication like Celexa, Prozac and Zoloft (sertraline). Medication plus counseling to develop skill sets can help you. Find a counselor who can teach you EMDR skills. Research EMDR techniques.
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Dr. Sherry Broadwell
Clinical Psychology 25 years experience
Evidence Based: Hi Mimoza, this center is in the US, but provides a lot of information about various treatment approaches for hypochondria; http://ocdla.com/hypochondriasis. The strongest evidence based treatment right now is CBT, particularly ERP (see article), but you may find other approaches provide relief as well. The most important thing is to find a competent therapist you trust. Hope this is helpful. Best
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Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 44 years experience
Hypochondriasis is a type of phobia. Phobias can be helped by a Clinical Psychologist with expertise in multiple types of psychotherapy. In addition medication prescribed by a Psychiatrist add help. Please make arrangements to see a Clinical Psychologist. If you are experiencing physical symptoms have a physical exam to know if you are ill.
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Last updated Jun 30, 2022

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