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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