Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is
defined in DSM-IV as a preoccupation with an 'imagined' defect in
one’s appearance. Alternatively, where there is a slight physical
anomaly, the person’s concern is markedly excessive.
In this second module of our
two-part series on BDD, we will begin by considering
diagnosis. We will then explore the current treatments
available for BDD, with a specific focus on cognitive-behaviour
therapy (CBT), and we will finish by examining
the role of cosmetic surgery.
We will also present the case
history of a patient named ‘John’, and throughout the module you
will be given the opportunity to clinically reflect on the issues
pertinent to this case.
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