This report from the National Institute for Health Research refers to a specific talking therapy called ‘cognitive behavioural therapy for health anxiety’ which may help people who are excessively worried about their health. Health anxiety reduced by a small, but meaningful amount, among the medical outpatients who were identified and treated.
Delivered in one-hour sessions every two weeks, therapy lasted about four months. It was provided by junior therapists and trained nurses with no previous experience of the therapy. Benefits lasted for about five years.