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Behavioural treatment of AIDS-focused illness phobia.


Br J Psychiatry. 1991 Sep;159:422-5. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE

Seven cases are described in which the central symptoms were fear of contracting AIDS, avoidance of related cues, rituals and reassurance-seeking. Associated features include previous illness phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Treatment with exposure and response prevention (plus a cognitive session in one case), led to improvement sustained up to three months after discharge, although one patient stopped treatment prematurely. Controlled trials of behavioural treatment in hypochondriasis are required.

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome/*PSYCHOLOGY Adult Behavior Therapy/*METHODS Case Report Female Hospitalization Human Male Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder/PSYCHOLOGY/THERAPY Phobic Disorders/*PSYCHOLOGY/*THERAPY Sarcoma, Kaposi's/PSYCHOLOGY *Sick Role Skin Neoplasms/PSYCHOLOGY JOURNAL ARTICLE


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