(Also Known As: Hypocondriasis Treatments, Hypochondriac Treatments, Hypocondriac Treatments, Somatoform Treatments, Obsessive Compulsive Treatments, Malingering Treatments, Hypochondriasis Dsm Treatments)
(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)
What Kinds of Hypochondriasis Treatments are Available?
The goal of treatment in hypochondriasis is to manage the fear of serious illness as well as to develop a higher sense of control in taking care of the remaining symptoms. It is vital to have sufficient knowledge as well as a supportive relationship with the health care provider 6.
The job of the therapist is to schedule their appointments with their client so they can analyze and evaluate the symptoms as well as the coping mechanisms of the client. During the appointments, the test results should be accepted and explained. Connecting the diagnosis with psychological stressors is often therapeutic. Simply telling the client that they are just making up their symptoms will not work.
Since hypochondriacs also experience stress, depression, anxiety, and psychosis, these disorders must be diagnosed and treated first. Using antidepressants can relieve the symptoms of hypochondriasis even if there is no other psychiatric disorder present. Serotonin specific reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a drug used for treating obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can also be effective in the treatment of hypochondriasis 7.
Over the years, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) has been proven effective in treating hypochondriasis. The aim of CBT is to help the client shift their focus away from the symptoms and concentrate on how stress, depression, and anxiety can aggravate their symptoms. The therapist also teaches distraction and relaxation techniques to the client. Hypochondriasis is a common illness and a majority of good primary care physicians are knowledgeable of this disorder. Since the medical symptoms will not go away, there should be regular brief appointments. Treatment of hypochondriasis usually involves various techniques.
Using psychodynamic principles in individual psychotherapy is effective in helping the child understand hidden conflicts. Cognitive and behavioral methods of treatment can be effective and is the preferred method of treatment.
With the help of family therapy, the clinician gains knowledge of familiar patterns of interaction and would try to enhance interpersonal communication. Group therapy helps the patient cope with their hypochondrial symptoms and learn techniques to improve their socialization skills.
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