Somatoform Disorders

Health Anxiety (Hypochondriasis) - describes a condition where one has an increased concern about having a serious, yet undiagnosed medical condition.  Visits to the GP, and specialists only temporarily reassure that things are alright but soon doubt creeps in leading to high levels of anxiety and stress.  Often sufferers obsessively check their body.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) - Excessive concerns about appearance is the core of this condition.  This can be related to specific areas, or refer to more general aspects of one’s appearance. Others characteristically are not able to see a major fault, which causes the sufferer even more distress. Checking, camouflaging, avoiding situations, and excessive thinking about the perceived defect are often present.

CBT has effective treatment models for health anxiety and some other somatic disorders. It is on the forefront in the development of treatments for Body Dysmorphic Disorder and demonstrating its specific benefits.

Dr TOM G WERNER  Psychiatrist & CBT-Therapist