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Hypochondrias is a somatic disorder in which there is an exaggerated amplification of concern related to perception (what is viewed) and cognition(what is thought). Therefore there can be obsessive thinking as related to physical ailment's - an over-exaggeration between what one sees and how the think about it.
Hypochondriasis is classified as a somatoform disorder and is treatable with Medications in the SSRI CLASS (most often Prozac or Paxil) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Stategies.
In therapy, the worrier is helped to address and cope with bothersome physical symptoms and illness worries and is found helpful in reducing the intensity and frequency of troubling bodily symptoms. SSRIs can reduce obsessive worry through adjusting neurotransmitter levels and have been shown to be effective as treatments for anxiety
and depression as well as for hypochondriasis.
Additional detailed information can be found here:http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001236.htm
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