Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Latest Medical Breakthroughs

Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010 03:53 PM

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Do you worry too much about your physical features? Do you constantly stand in front of the mirror and never like what you see? Have you considered or opted for cosmetic surgery many times and still never liked the result? If any of these things are true, there is a chance that you might be suffering from Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a psychological disorder that causes a person to be preoccupied with perceived flaws in their physical body.

Over the years, a number of new treatments, apart from the usual psychiatric treatments, have been developed for the treatment of body dysmorphic disorder. These treatments constitute some of the latest medical breakthroughs. Some of them are listed below.

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Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors: According to the latest dysmorphophobia research, it has been seen that body dysmorphic disorder is caused by low levels of the chemical serotonin. To counter this effect, the use of SSRIs is essential. SSRIs like fluoxetine, which include commercially used drugs such as Prozac® and Fontex®, are prescribed in the treatment of depression as well as other personality disorders. Since this is a new dysmorphic disorder medical breakthrough, the use of these drugs hasn’t yet been approved by the FDA.

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Tricyclic Antidepressants: This body dysmorphia treatment is  comparatively new. As the name suggests, a tricyclic antidepressant like Anafranil is an antidepressant that is also used in the treatment of personality disorders. The only problem with this is the fact that the patient may need to continue taking the medication for a long period of time.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: This is a new and innovative therapy that is aimed at removing any misconceptions about the patient’s body. It has recently been seen to be much more effective than regular therapy that just has psychiatric counseling as a major part of the program. A number of steps are taken in this therapy as the the patient is counseled to check their compulsive behaviors. This may include removing make-up and mirrors from daily life and covering the portion of the skin that makes the patient uncomfortable. These sessions allow the therapist to help the patient feel more comfortable about their body.

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Psychiatric Sessions: Research shows that one of the strongest effects that any treatment has on body dysmorphia is psychoanalyses and other psychiatric tests. These sessions are known to bring out the underlying dysfunctional thoughts and make the patients understand and focus on understanding the root cause of their problem.

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