The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines on BDD recommend two treatments: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and serotonergic anti-depressant medications.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a therapy in which a person can learn to change the way they think and act. A person’s attitude to their appearance is obviously important as we can all think of people who have a defect in their appearance such as a large birth mark on their face and yet are well adjusted because they believe that their appearance is just one aspect of themselves. During therapy people learn to view their image as a bad memory and to refocus their attention away from themselves. They learn to give up comparing their appearance and ruminating and try and reduce or cut out reassurance seeking. They confront their fears without their camouflage and stop rituals such as checking and excessive grooming. The idea is that people learn many skills and tools from CBT that they can continue to practice themselves when they have finished a course of therapy.
The second type of treatment is anti-depressant medication and this may be used either alone or in combination with CBT. It is important for people considering medication to have an assessment with a psychiatrist who has experience in treating BDD. We work closely with a well-known expert in BDD, Dr David Veale . Our specialist therapists will advise you on whether they believe a medication will be helpful in your treatment. Please contact us if you would like to enquire about an appointment with a psychiatrist .
If you feel that you, a friend or relative would like help for Body Dysmorphic Disorder, please contact us
Our therapists help facilitate support groups for sufferers of BDD. These groups are run by the charity The BDD Foundation and OCD Action. Contact details and information are available from the The BDD Foundation or OCD Action websites. There is no charge for attending these groups.