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A Journal on Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Official Journal of the Italian Society of Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2014 August;149(4):447-53

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Body dysmorphic disorder: beyond skin deep

Husain Z. 1, Janniger E. J. 1, Krysicka J. A. 1, Micali G. 2, Schwartz R. A. 1

1 Dermatology, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, USA;
2 Dermatology, University of Catania, Catania, Italy

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a psychiatric illness that primarily affects adolescents and young adults of both sexes. Patients have a distorted self-image, which manifests as a preoccupation with slight or imagined defects in the face, nose, skin, hair or any part of the body that ultimately interferes with daily functioning. It is a relatively common yet long unrecognized problem. Patients often seek multiple physician assessments for their perceived defects and request cosmetic procedures. Early intervention can prevent a cycle of multiple surgeries, as the outcome is usually poor and may lead to exacerbation of symptoms, anger and litigation. BDD is a disabling, and even life-threatening, condition; it can lead to major depression and suicidal ideation. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and cognitive behavioral therapy are the mainstay of treatment and are beneficial in most patients. A multidisciplinary approach is strongly recommended.

language: English


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