Cognitive behavior group therapy for body dysmorphic disorder: a case series

Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Behaviour Research and Therapy (Impact Factor: 3.85). 02/1999; 37(1):71-5. DOI: 10.1016/S0005-7967(98)00109-0
Source: PubMed

ABSTRACT The treatment of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) has received little empirical attention despite evidence that BDD is a debilitating mental health problem. This open case series provides data on a new cognitive-behavioral treatment for BDD. Participants diagnosed with BDD were treated in small groups that met for 12 weekly 90-minute sessions. Patients improved significantly over the course of treatment, with reductions in both BDD and depression symptoms. This finding adds to a nascent literature documenting the potential efficacy of short-term cognitive-behavior therapy for patients suffering from BDD.