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How to Treat Hypochondria

Hypochondria, a persistent unfounded fear or belief that you have a serious, undiagnosed illness, occurs in about 5 percent of patients who seek help from primary-care doctors. A study has found that six sessions of cognitive behavioral therapy can help hypochondriacs deal with their fears. Among those who completed the six therapy sessions, almost 57 percent showed significant improvement after a year, compared with 32 percent of the control group. The downside was that one-quarter of the...

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