Body dysmorphic disorder: Part 2 – diagnosis and treatment

by Dr Nell Ellison and Dr David Veale


Last updated: August 2013


Body dysmorphic disorder: Part 2 – diagnosis and treatmentBody dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is defined in DSM-5 as a preoccupation with a perceived defect(s) or flaw(s) in physical appearance that is not observable or appears slight to others.


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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