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The New York Times: A New Approach to Treating Hypochondria

Discussion in 'Health News and Research unrelated to ME/CFS' started by Andy, Jun 19, 2018.

  1. Andy

    Andy Committee Member (& Outreach when energy allows)

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    Thought this was, generally, utter bollocks but useful to get some insight into what 'the other side' think I suppose.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/18/well/a-new-approach-to-treating-hypochondria.html
     
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  2. strategist

    strategist Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    Is there cognitive behaviour therapy for the belief that unexplained equals imaginary?
     
  3. Esther12

    Esther12 Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    This whole area looks such a mess. Some people do have real problems with health anxiety, getting caught up in concerns about any health problem they just read about, fears about potential health problems in the future, etc, but I have little confidence in some doctors ability to distinguish that from other people's concerns about symptoms that are poorly understood by the doctor.
     
  4. alktipping

    alktipping Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    seems like the writer was mirroring or more than likely making up the experience just to make a persuasive intro . what happened to the belief that many sick people with niggling symptoms avoided going to any doctor until their symptoms gave them no choice this was mentioned by public health info commercials regarding the late diagnosis of cancer. late diagnosis =patients fault taking yourself to the doctors with symptoms that particular doctor doesn't immediately give a diagnosis for then that must also be the patients fault . back to the familiar circular arguments from so called psychs your damned if you do damned if you don't and every one in the medical industry does not have to feel any responsibility .
     
  5. TiredSam

    TiredSam Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't suppose accurate records are kept about how often this persistent anxiety is fatal?
     
  6. chrisb

    chrisb Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    It's that old saying: doctors get to bury their mistakes.
     
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