Treating An Obsession With Physical Flaws
By Marci Robin, Senior Online Editor |
Body dysmorphic disorder is much more than wishing your nose was a little straighter or thighs were a little thinner.
Those who suffer from this condition are obsessed with imaginary flaws and see tiny imperfections as deformities. Many pursue plastic surgery, but because the disorder is psychological, it rarely helps.
Studies have shown that pyschotherapy and drug therapy can be respectively and collaboratively effective in treating body dysmorphic disorder. Researchers found that antidepressants like Prozac and cognitive behavioral therapy resulted in significant symptom recovery in most study participants.
It's important for those seeking cosmetic surgery to share their psychiatric history with their doctors. While these procedures can boost confidence, they are unlikely to relieve the symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder or depression without therapy, and can, in fact, worsen the condition.