A new study published in the journal The Lancet suggests that cognitive behavioral therapy could be beneficial for people suffering from hypochondria or health anxiety.
The study was conducted by researchers from Center for Mental Health at Imperial College London who studied over 440 patients of health anxiety of which 225 received standard care of reassurance and support while the remaining were given an average of six sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy.
AdvertisementAfter a period of six to 12 months, the researchers found that around 14 percent of those who had received of cognitive behavioral therapy regained normal anxiety levels compared to seven percent of those who received standard care.
"Health anxiety is costly for healthcare providers and an effective treatment could potentially save money by reducing the need for unnecessary tests and emergency hospital admissions" lead researcher Prof Peter Tyrer said.
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