PSYCHOLOGICAL TREATMENT OF HEALTH ANXIETY AND HYPOCHONDRIASIS: A Biopsychosocial Approach

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Between 25% and 50% of visits to primary care clinics are for somatic complaints with no identifiable organic pathology. While most people are reassured when told they are not ill, a certain percentage is convinced the doctor has missed something serious. For centuries, hypochondriasis and persistent somatic complaints have baffled physicians and mental health professionals alike. Recent decades, however, have seen advances in the understanding and treatment of this problem when it is considered a form of health anxiety.

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Jonathan S. Abramowitz, PhD, ABPP is Associate Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Psychology, and Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. He is also Founder and Director of the UNC Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic. Dr. Abramowitz is a North Carolina Licensed Psychologist and he holds a Diplomate in Behavioral Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He conducts research on obsessive-compulsive disorder and other anxiety disorders and has published 10 books and over 100 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters on these topics. He currently serves as Associate Editor of the journals Behaviour Research and Therapy and Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, and serves on the Editorial Boards of several other scientific journals.

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"In this creative and enlightening treatise the authors expand the concept of hypochondriasis ("...") to a comprehensive exposition of health anxiety..." -- David H. Barlow, PhD, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Founder, and Director Emeritus, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University

"This book is both scholarly and highly practical in its approach to the management of health anxiety..." --Martin M. Antony, PhD, ABPP, Professor and Director of Graduate Training, Department of Psychology, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

Abramowitz and Braddock s text will be welcomed at a prime location on my desk and recommended as a must read for my students. The reason is simple
enough: It provides a clearly written, broad, and detailed view of a domain of human behavior that complements our work on self-management of diagnosed chronic illnesses. It also raises a set of critical questions as to what differentiates and sustains the anxiety and behavior surrounding symptoms of medically unexplained conditions, that is, symptoms that do not fit the medical practitioners schemata and merit a diagnosis versus the worries and
behaviors engaged in by individuals who are managing symptoms that have been medically diagnosed. --Howard Leventhal, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 54, issue 16, Apirl 22, 2009

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