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. After 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. Source: Medindia << Teens: Regular Exercise Linked to Better Grades in Math Exa... Doctors Often Overlook Dangerous Cholesterol Condition >> Recommended Reading Depression Depression is one of the most common mental disorders affecting approximately 340 million people in the world. No one is immune from depression - it occurs in people of all social classes, all countries and all cultural settings. READ MORE Depression Symptom Evaluation Depression occurs due to alterations in the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain. READ MORE Holistic Management for Depression Depression is a common disorder and many worldwide suffer from depression. Early recognition of symptoms and signs of depression can help in taking a holistic approach to the management of depression. READ MORE Weight Loss with Hypnosis – Does It Work? Hypnosis indirectly helps with weight loss by altering the consciousness through suggestions and imagery to a more positive state. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Hearing Loss Calculator Find a Doctor Find a Hospital More News on: Reiki and Pranic HealingWeight Loss with Hypnosis – Does It Work?