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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