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Is hypochondriasis an anxiety disorder?

  • Bunmi O. Olatunji (a1), Brett J. Deacon (a2) and Jonathan S. Abramowitz (a3)
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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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Bunmi O. Olatunji, PhD, Vanderbilt University, Department of Psychology, 301 Wilson Hall, 111 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203, USA. Email: olubunmi.o.olatunji@vanderbilt.edu
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Is hypochondriasis an anxiety disorder?

  • Bunmi O. Olatunji (a1), Brett J. Deacon (a2) and Jonathan S. Abramowitz (a3)
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