Body Dysmorphic Disorder - Treatment

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What is the treatment for BDD?

  • Medications. Serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs are antidepressants that decrease the obsessive and compulsive behaviors.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy. This is a type of therapy with several steps:
    1. The therapist asks the patient to enter social situations without covering up her "defect."
    2. The therapist helps the patient stop doing the compulsive behaviors to check the defect or cover it up. This may include removing mirrors, covering skin areas that the patient picks, or not using make-up.
    3. The therapist helps the patient change their false beliefs about their appearance.
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Comment from: mling7, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 12

My son has BDD (body dysmorphic disorder), he is using Zoloft 200 mg for almost 3 years but suddenly stopped because he thinks Zoloft cause his face to swell. Meantime he is off and on with street drug, especially this year he is using Xanax, Norco, and oxycodone. Now he is mentally very unstable, unable to sleep, and has itching body and bad temper.

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