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Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) and Body Image Problems

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Body Image problems relate to disfigurement or perceived defects. Disfigurements from accidents or surgical procedures may lead to significant distress or handicap. Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is defined as a preoccupation with a perceived defect in one’s appearance, which is not noticeable to others. The preoccupation is associated with a distorted felt body image with many “safety seeking” behaviours such as mirror gazing, skin-picking, ruminating or constant comparing of one’s perceived defect to others. People with disfigurements and BDD use strategies to camouflage and avoid situations and activities. They may have a poor quality of life, are socially isolated and people with BDD are at high risk of committing suicide. Cognitive behaviour therapy and SSRI medications are recommended for treating BDD. CBT can be used for the body image problems in disfigurement and eating disorders. Habit reversal is recommended for skin picking. Disfigurement may require additional modules for dealing with ongoing teasing and unwanted comments. 

Location Kent
Category Talking Therapies
Details of Event
Start date 21 Feb 2019
Start time 9:30am
Venue Address The Alexander Centre, 15-17 Preston Street, Faversham, ME13 8NZ
Amount £75
Organiser BABCP
Speaker Professor David Veale
CPD hours 6
Contact No. 0161 705 4304
Keywords Therapy
Regions South East