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What is the best treatment for health anxiety?

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Brian Fishman
Emergency Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Talk therapy & meds

Like any anxiety disorder, health anxiety or hypochondriasis should be followed by one's primary care doctor and perhaps a psychiatrist or psychologist.
Regular physician visits, group therapy for support, and cognitive psychotherapy focusing on realistic beliefs about disease are all part of treatment. Associated mood disorders are best treated with antidepressant medications like ssri's.

In brief: Talk therapy & meds

Like any anxiety disorder, health anxiety or hypochondriasis should be followed by one's primary care doctor and perhaps a psychiatrist or psychologist.
Regular physician visits, group therapy for support, and cognitive psychotherapy focusing on realistic beliefs about disease are all part of treatment. Associated mood disorders are best treated with antidepressant medications like ssri's.
Brian Fishman
Brian Fishman
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Samyukta Mullangi
Dermatology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Therapy and meds

The best treatments for low-grade generalised anxiety disorder is cognitive behavioral therapy or a serotonergic antidepressant.
First-line medications for gad are selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors (ssris) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (snris). Second-line medications include tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and certain anti-convulsants.

In brief: Therapy and meds

The best treatments for low-grade generalised anxiety disorder is cognitive behavioral therapy or a serotonergic antidepressant.
First-line medications for gad are selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors (ssris) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (snris). Second-line medications include tricyclic antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and certain anti-convulsants.
Samyukta Mullangi
Samyukta Mullangi
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Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology

In brief: ERP - A form of CBT

Excessive anxiety related to physical symptoms or a medical condition, sometimes referred to as "health anxiety" or "hypochondriasis" is typically thought of as a type of obsessive compulsive disorder: People are tormented by repeated, unwanted thoughts of their health fear: http://psychcentral.
com/lib/ocd-and-health-anxiety/ It responds to Exposure and Response Prevention treatment -a form of CBT

In brief: ERP - A form of CBT

Excessive anxiety related to physical symptoms or a medical condition, sometimes referred to as "health anxiety" or "hypochondriasis" is typically thought of as a type of obsessive compulsive disorder: People are tormented by repeated, unwanted thoughts of their health fear: http://psychcentral.
com/lib/ocd-and-health-anxiety/ It responds to Exposure and Response Prevention treatment -a form of CBT
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Dr. Ana Adelstein
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