Module introduction

Learning outcomes:

 

By the end of this module we hope you will:

 

  • understand the differences between health anxiety, hypochondriasis and other somatic and anxiety disorders 

 

  • comprehend the phenomenology of health anxiety

 

  • appreciate the likely prevalence of pathological health anxiety in many clinical settings

 

  • know how pathological health anxiety can be identified by asking a few simple questions

 

  • be aware of what treatments are available for health anxiety and their efficacy

 

  • realise why health anxiety is ignored in most medical settings, despite creating much suffering. 

 

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