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One-Third Of Patients Who Seek Plastic Surgery Have Symptoms Of Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Moderate to severe symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), or excessive concern about appearance that interferes with daily life, are found in 33 percent of patients seeking plastic surgery to improve the appearance of their nose, reports a study in the August issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American […]

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‘Big Picture’ Visual Information Is Processed Abnormally In Body Dysmorphic Disorder

People suffering from body dysmorphic disorder, or BDD — a severe mental illness characterized by debilitating misperceptions that one appears disfigured and ugly — process visual information abnormally, even when looking at inanimate objects, according to a new UCLA study. First author Dr. Jamie Feusner, a UCLA assistant professor of psychiatry, and colleagues found that […]

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Patients With Body Dysmorphic Disorder Often Recover, But It Often Takes Years

In the longest-term study so far to track people with body dysmorphic disorder, researchers at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital found high rates of recovery, although recovery can take more than five years. Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a severe mental illness in which sufferers obsess over nonexistent or slight defects in their physical […]

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New Cognitive Behavioral Therapy To Overcome Body Dysmorphic Disorder

A nose job to treat a mental health problem? Teeth whitening to overcome a severe anxiety disorder? These are just two procedures that people with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) have traditionally turned to in order to deal with body-related concerns. The excessive use of (and dissatisfaction with) cosmetic treatments, along with obsessive rituals and social […]

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