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CBT for Health Anxiety: A Meta-Analysis of Treatment Outcome and Moderators

The present investigation employed meta-analysis to examine the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for hypochondriasis/health anxiety as well as potential moderators that may be associated with outcome. A literature search revealed 15 comparisons among 13 randomized-controlled trials (RCTs) with a total sample size of 1081 participants that met inclusion criteria. Results indicated that CBT outperformed control conditions on primary outcome measures at post-treatment (Hedges's g = 0.95) and at follow-up…
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CBT is Effective for Health Anxiety in Medical Settings

According to a recent study published in the Lancet, researchers have discovered that a short course of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) may be an effective and inexpensive method of reducing health anxiety among patients in medical clinics. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Health Anxiety in Medical Patients (CHAMP) study included 444 participants with health anxiety who were attending different medical clinics across six UK hospitals. Participants were randomly assigned to receive either…
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Self-Focus in Cognitive Therapy

In this video from a recent Beck Institute Workshop, Dr. Aaron Beck discusses self-focus in Cognitive Therapy. Dr. Beck states that psychological disorders often involve some degree of self-focus. With health anxiety, for example, an over-focus on sensations in the body trigger irrational thoughts and beliefs. As patients become fixated on their bodily sensations, thoughts, and beliefs, their symptoms exacerbate. Mindfulness is one technique patients can use to help control…
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