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Is hypochondriasis an anxiety disorder?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2018

Bunmi O. Olatunji
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
Brett J. Deacon
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming
Jonathan S. Abramowitz
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
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Abstract

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Summary

Although hypochondriasis is currently classified as a somatoform disorder, the underlying cognitive processes may be more consistent with an anxiety disorder. This observation has important implications for treatment and subsequent revisions of the diagnostic classification of hypochondriasis.

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Copyright © Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2009 

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