Cognitive therapy versus exposure therapy for hypochondriasis (health anxiety): A randomized controlled trial
Last updated on 2nd March 2016
Excessive health anxiety is associated with high levels of distress, disability and increased health care use. It is common. A recent study - "Health anxiety in Australia: prevalence, comorbidity, disability and service use" - reported "Health anxiety affects approximately 5.7% of the Australian population across the lifespan and 3.4% met criteria for health anxiety at the time of the interview ... Health anxiety was associated with significantly more distress, impairment, disability and health service utilisation than that found in respondents without health anxiety.