Enhancing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Monosymptomatic Hypochondriasis With Motivational Interviewing: Three Case Illustrations
cognitive therapy, monosymptomatic hypochondriasis, motivational interviewing, overvalued ideation
Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences
Monosymptomatic hypochondriasis (MSH) is frequently referred to as a delusional variant of hypochondriasis. Treatment is typically difficult to initiate and complete for this condition. This article describes three uncontrolled cases of MSH where cognitive-behavioral therapy was administered following an initial phase of motivational interviewing. Cognitive-behavioral therapy consisted of combinations of exposure and cognitive therapy. At treatment termination and 6-month follow-up, all three clients showed improvement on measures of depression, anxiety, and belief conviction of the presence of illness. Implications for treatment and future research on MSH are discussed.
McKay, Dean and Bouman, Theo K., "Enhancing Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Monosymptomatic Hypochondriasis With Motivational Interviewing: Three Case Illustrations" (2008). Psychology Faculty Publications. 69.