Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy

, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp 301–313 | Cite as

Recommendations for the Treatment of Hypochondriac Patients

  • M. D. Avia
  • M. A. Ruiz


Hypochondriasis is a debilitating condition in which patients are persistently preoccupied with the possibility of being seriously ill. Its is a costly problem for the health care system whose treatment has not received systematic attention until recently. Although based on few controlled studies, results indicated that various brief cognitive-behavioral techniques produce significant changes in illness fears and attitudes. A list of therapeutic questions that require further study is presented and some indications for both therapists and patients are given.


hypochondriasis health anxiety cognitive-behavioral treatment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Facultad de PsicologíaUniversidad ComplutenseMadridSpain

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