Health anxiety, also known as hypochondria, is defined as obsessive worrying about one’s health. This can cause great distress and affect a person’s ability to function properly. Recently, researchers from the UK conducted a study that indicates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from a mental health therapist is more effective at reducing health anxiety than standard care.
According to the researchers, about 10-20% of hospital patients suffer from health anxiety. This can result in an unnecessary burden on health services. Health anxiety can cause people to experience unexplained symptoms, like chest pains or headaches, which leads them to believe they are suffering from a serious illness no matter what their clinician tells them. Clearly, this can cause them a great deal of stress.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a type of psychotherapy in which negative thought patterns are challenged in order to change behavior for the better. It is often used to treat mood disorders and has shown to be a real benefit to those suffering from hypochondria. If you feel excessively anxious about your health, call a Costa Mesa psychiatrist for a consultation.