Treatment of Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Jennifer L. Greenberg, Anne Chosak, Angela Fang and Sabine Wilhelm

in The Oxford Handbook of Obsessive Compulsive and Spectrum Disorders

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195376210
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199940561 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Treatment of Body Dysmorphic Disorder

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Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is characterized by an excessive preoccupation with an imagined or slight defect in one’s appearance. BDD is a severe and common disorder associated with high levels of functional impairment and high rates of suicidality. Interventions, including cognitive-behavioral therapy and pharmacotherapy, are effective for BDD. This chapter outlines the cognitive-behavioral model and therapy of BDD. The chapter reviews pharmacotherapy of BDD, and discusses the role of combination therapy. The chapter also addresses ineffective approaches for the treatment of BDD, including the role of cosmetic procedures. Early recognition and intervention are critical, and limit its chronicity and subsequent morbidity.

Keywords: BDD; body dysmorphic disorder; cognitive-behavioral therapy; pharmacotherapy; empirically supported treatment

Article.  15750 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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