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Psychosomatics. 2005 Nov-Dec;46(6):549-55.

Nonpsychiatric medical treatment of body dysmorphic disorder.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Pesnnsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, and the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Butler Hospital, Providence, RI 02906, USA.

Abstract

Many individuals with body dysmorphic disorder seek nonpsychiatric medical and surgical treatment to improve perceived defects in their physical appearance. However, the types of treatments sought and received, as well as the treatment outcome, have received little investigation. This study describes the frequency, types, and outcomes of treatments sought and received by 200 individuals with body dysmorphic disorder. Treatment was sought by 71.0% and received by 64.0%. Dermatological treatment was most frequently sought and received (most often, topical acne agents), followed by surgery (most often, rhinoplasty). Twelve percent of the subjects received isotretinoin. Such treatment rarely improved body dysmorphic disorder. Thus, nonpsychiatric medical treatments do not appear effective in its treatment.

PMID:
16288134
PMCID:
PMC1351255
DOI:
10.1176/appi.psy.46.6.549
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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