Can illness anxiety disorder (IAD) be prevented?

Unfortunately, there is no known prevention against IAD. However, providing the IAD patient with support and understanding may help reduce severity of the symptoms, and help the patient cope with the disorder.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 07/25/2015.


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  • Anxiety and Depression Association of America. DSM-5: Changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Accessed 6/25/2015.
  • American Psychiatric Association. DSM-5 Fact Sheets: Somatic Symptom Disorder (PDF) Accessed 6/25/2015.

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