Body Dysmorphic Disorder

David Veale

in Oxford Handbook of Anxiety and Related Disorders

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780195307030
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Body Dysmorphic Disorder


Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is characterized by a preoccupation with an imagined defect in one's appearance. Alternatively, there may be a minor physical abnormality, but the concern is regarded as grossly excessive. It must also cause significant distress or handicap. This chapter reviews comorbidity, demographics, risk factors, and the role of cosmetic procedures in BDD. A cognitive behavioral model is described and the therapy outlined. The chapter also describes the use of pharmacotherapy and treatment guidelines.

Keywords: body dysmorphic disorder; BDD; cognitive behavioral therapy; cosmetic surgery; pharmacotherapy

Article.  7187 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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