Is hypochondriasis an anxiety disorder?

Br J Psychiatry. 2009 Jun;194(6):481-2. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.108.061085.


Although hypochondriasis is currently classified as a somatoform disorder, the underlying cognitive processes may be more consistent with an anxiety disorder. This observation has important implications for treatment and subsequent revisions of the diagnostic classification of hypochondriasis.

Publication types

  • Editorial

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety Disorders / diagnosis
  • Anxiety Disorders / psychology*
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / standards
  • Humans
  • Hypochondriasis / diagnosis
  • Hypochondriasis / psychology*
  • Personality Assessment
  • Psychometrics