AACBT Pub Discussion: Body Dysmorphic Disorder: When Average Looks Aren’t Good Enough
Body Dysmorphic Disorder is more common than you think – and often misdiagnosed. Would you recognise BDD if presented in your practice?
Come and find out how to identify, assess and treat this common disorder from one of Australia’s foremost leaders in this area
Body Dysmprohic Disorder (BDD) is a prevalent condition that is often misdiagnosed, and consequently, not treated effectively.
BDD is an unreasonable and intense preoccupation with perceived defects in appearance, which to the external observer, are either imagined or slight.
Those with BDD describe their ‘defects’ as unsightly, ugly or hideous, and spend inordinate amounts of time thinking about and checking their defect, and taking actions to minimise the flaw.
Minimising behaviours range from camouflaging through to cosmetic surgery. In the majority of cases, the intense desire is to remove the flaw so as to look ’normal’.
But for some the goal of looking ‘normal’ is not enough. Their desire is to be head-turning beautiful or handsome.
Although some may view such a presentation as a possible characterological issue, treatment cases presented show that the development of such unrealistic goals are a function of the symptoms associated with the disorder itself, and that effective treatment is to develop of more realistic goals.
A fascinating AACBT Pub Discussion by one of Australia’s best known clinicians in the area of anxiety. Don’t miss it!