BODY DYSMORPHIC DISORDER (BDD)
Body Dysmorphia shares a number of qualities with OCD. Both include obsessions and compulsions. What’s more, the go-to treatment for Body Dysmorphic Disorder and OCD is Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).
People with BDD experience overwhelming negative thoughts about parts of their bodies. As a result, they feel a lot of anxiety, which they try to get rid of through compulsions. This can include a number of actions such as mirror checking or avoidance, reassurance seeking, skin picking and camouflaging the perceived flaw.
Given the world we live in, it’s safe to say that most people are dissatisfied with some part of their appearance. The difference for those with BDD is they have an intense preoccupation with perceived defects that are nonexistent or slight. Unlike average body concerns, BDD results in high levels of distress and impairment.
TREATMENT FOR BODY DYSMORPHIC DISORDER (BDD)
Body Dysmorphic Disorder can be very challenging, but there is hope for those who suffer. Research has found that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for BDD. Initially, CBT involves educating individuals with BDD about the nature of their disorder. After this, they learn to evaluate their thoughts more rationally through a process known as cognitive restructuring. In addition to this, treatment includes Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), which involves doing the things that cause anxiety without engaging in compulsive behaviors. Through this process, those with BDD learn how to navigate their anxiety in ways that do not disrupt their lives. CBT for BDD also includes Mirror Retraining, which is an exercise aimed at helping people improve their relationship with mirrors. In the exercise, people with the disorder learn to describe their bodies in an objective way.
INTERESTED IN THERAPY?
Are you or a loved one struggling with body image and looking for help? Lauren uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to support individuals with Body Dysmorphic Disorder. You can learn more about the treatments and services she provides here.
Lauren is a licensed psychotherapist in
several states. Learn more about where
Lauren sees Clients, below.
When she is offering face to face, Lauren does in-person therapy in Newport Beach. She also provides online therapy for BDD throughout California. Her Clients span from San Francisco down to Southern Orange County and San Diego.
Lauren provides treatment for BDD in the state of Utah. Since she provides teletherapy, she works with people who live in different areas of the Beehive State – from Salt Lake City and its suburbs, like West Jordan, Syracuse, Highland and Riverton, to Park City and St. George.
Lauren also offers treatment for BDD online in Florida, and sees people from all corners of the Sunshine state. Whether you’re from Naples, Orlando, Miami, or Boca Raton, Lauren can provide specialized counseling remotely in your area.
Lauren also practices teletherapy in Arizona. If you’re seeking help with your fears in Phoenix, Sedona, Scottsdale or Tucson, Lauren offers specialized therapy for BDD online across the Grand Canyon State.
In addition to all of the locations previously listed, Lauren offers teletherapy for BDD to a number of countries internationally.
Online therapy isn’t right for everyone. An assessment must be done to determine if online therapy is appropriate for your needs. You can reach out here to learn more.
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Disclaimer: The information contained on this website is intended for informational and education purposes only and is not meant to be a replacement for therapy. If you are interested in treatment, you can email me and I will happily provide you with more information