Various news items on this. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/201...g-anxiety-epidemic-clogging-hospital-clinics/ "'Cyberchondria' fuelling anxiety epidemic clogging up hospital clinics ""Cyberchondria" is fuelling an epidemic of health anxiety, with one in five NHS appointments taken up by hypochondriacs and those with irrational fears, experts have warned. Researchers from Imperial College London said internet searching and the use of fitness trackers is heaping pressures on busy hospital clinics. Health anxiety is estimated to cost the NHS more than £420 million a year in outpatient appointments alone, with millions more spent on needless tests and scans, they warned. Instead, such cases should be offered a course of counselling, psychiatrists said, following a five-year study of patients treated in five English hospitals." http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41176729 "Useful therapy In their study, published in the National Institute for Health Research journal, they found that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) sessions were much more effective at improving health anxiety than standard care, and the benefits lasted for up to five years. They tracked 444 patients with severe health anxiety from five hospitals in England. Nurses were just as good at delivering CBT as trained psychologists and doctors, the study suggested." The link to the study goes to here: https://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/hta/hta21500/#/ " Cognitive behaviour therapy for health anxiety in medical patients (CHAMP): a randomised controlled trial with outcomes to 5 years In medical outpatients with high health anxiety, CBT led to bigger improvements than standard care in health anxiety and these improvements were maintained over five years of follow-up." The CBT Empire is expanding. eta: 1 in 5 appts are cyberchondriacs, does this include the figure for MUS, suspected neurological disorders and all the other stuff they propose to prescribe CBT for (I've lost track of all the acronyms)?