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Sunday, July 31 • 8:00am - 9:00am
OCD, Illness Anxiety, or Somatic Symptom Disorder? Navigating the Intricacies of Hypochondriacal Presentations

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A person preoccupied with having or getting a serious illness can be diagnosed with OCD, Illness Anxiety, or even Somatic Symptom Disorder. Hypochondriacal presentations warrant one of these 3 diagnoses, yet which to diagnose can be complex and confusing to even an experienced therapist. Whether or not there's a medical explanation, the patient's suffering is authentic. However, the associated thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are excessive. Extreme worry about illness, making catastrophic conclusions about health, interpreting bodily symptoms as threatening, repeatedly checking for bodily abnormalities, and seeking medical reassurances are just some of the common presentations in all 3 diagnoses. Through case vignettes, this panel will illustrate the main differences amongst these 3 diagnoses, while also navigating through some of the not-so-obvious symptoms.


Noah Laracy, MA

Noah Laracy is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology-Los Angeles. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Noah also has earned his Masters of Fine Arts from USC Film School. His interests are in the use of CBT/ACT for the treatment of anxiety and addiction, and the psychology of money.

Jessica Parlor

Jessica Parlor is a doctoral student at the Alliant International University California School of Professional Psychology - Los Angeles. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Jessica had a successful career for over ten years as a case manager for youth and adults struggling with severe mental illness. Through these work experiences, she learned the value of cognitive behavioral interventions and the importance of collaborating with family... Read More →

Sunday July 31, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
LA/Miami/Scottsdale, 5th Floor