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Treatment of an Adult with Body Dysmorphic Disorder

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Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is defined as a preoccupation with a perceived flaw in appearance. BDD is associated with functional impairment and poor quality of life, especially when left untreated. In this chapter, we describe the treatment of an adult with BDD. We use a modular cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) protocol developed by (Wilhelm et al., A cognitive behavioral treatment manual for body dysmorphic disorder, Guilford, New York, 2013), which has been demonstrated to be efficacious for adults with BDD. Specifically, we aim to highlight treatment techniques that were tailored to this case and the clinical features that represent the major challenges of working with this population. We also illustrate how to implement a full course of treatment while demonstrating key practice points for the effective clinician.

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Fang, A., Schwartz, R., Wilhelm, S. (2016). Treatment of an Adult with Body Dysmorphic Disorder. In: Storch, E., Lewin, A. (eds) Clinical Handbook of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-17139-5_18

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