Hypochondriasis and Health AnxietyA Guide for Clinicians

Hypochondriasis and Health AnxietyA Guide for Clinicians

Vladan Starcevic and Russell Noyes

Print publication date: May 2014

ISBN: 9780199996865

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

In the recently updated Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), the diagnostic concept of hypochondriasis was eliminated and replaced by somatic symptom disorder and illness anxiety disorder. This online resource addresses current issues in recognizing, understanding, and treating hypochondriasis. Using a pragmatic approach, it offers a wealth of clinically useful information, and provides a critical review of the underlying conceptual and treatment issues, addressing varying perspectives and synthesizing the current research. It covers clinical manifestations, diagnostic and conceptual issues, classification, relationships with other disorders, assessment, epidemiology, economic aspects, course, outcome, and treatment. It also discusses patient-physician relationship in the context of hypochondriasis and health anxiety and presents cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal and psychodynamic models and treatments, as well as the neurobiological underpinnings of hypochondriasis and health anxiety and pharmacological treatment approaches.