Treatments

Treatments for Hypochondria may vary depending on the severity of the disorder. You can either look into psychotherapy or medications.

Psychotherapy: Some research shows that a form of psychotherapy called cognitive behavioral therapy is most effective for hypochondria. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you recognize and understand the false beliefs that trigger your health anxiety. It also helps you learn to stop behavior associated with your anxiety, such as constantly monitoring your body for problems, a behavior known as body vigilance.

Medications: Certain antidepressant medications may be helpful in treating hypochondria. Some research indicates that both selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) may help relieve such symptoms as anxiety, fear of disease and physical (somatic) problems.