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Cognitive Behavioral Perspective on the Conceptualization and Treatment of Cyberchondria

Cognitive Behavioral Perspective on the Conceptualization and Treatment of Cyberchondria
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Author(s): Rukiye Tekdemir (Department of Psychiatry, Atatürk Chest Diseases and Thoracic Surgery Training and Research Hospital, Turkey), Ali Kandeğer (Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Selcuk University, Turkey) and Yavuz Selvi (Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Selcuk University, Turkey)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 13
Source title: Handbook of Research on Cyberchondria, Health Literacy, and the Role of Media in Society’s Perception of Medical Information
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Hacer Aker (Selcuk University, Turkey) and Mary Aiken (University of East London, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8630-3.ch007

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Abstract

Currently, the use of the internet has become an impenetrable part of everyday life, and the use of the internet for the purpose of obtaining medical information has also become widespread. Although the psychological mechanisms underlying cyberchondria are not clear enough, studies emphasize that some psychological constructs are risk factors in the development of cyberchondria. There is no standard treatment for cyberchondria; it is important to determine case-specific formulations and treatment targets in treatment. Psychoeducation and also different therapy techniques can be used for the treatment of cyberchondria occurring in different contexts in the cognitive-behavioural approach. Cyberchondria, due to developing technology and the increasing space that the internet occupies in our lives, is likely to be more talked about and studied in the coming years. In this review, cyberchondria will be evaluated from a cognitive behavioral perspective, and the methods used in its treatment will be briefly mentioned.

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