Body Dysmorphic Disorder: A Treatment Manual

Author: David Veale


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  • ISBN: 9780470851210
  • Author: David Veale
  • Publ Date: 2010-03-19
  • Edition:
  • Pages: 488
  • Imprint: WILEY *#
  • Status: ACT
  • ID - 5836

Table of Contents :

About the authors.
Part A: Knowledge and Theory of Body DysmorphicDisorder.
1. The diagnosis of body dysmorphic disorder.
2. History of body dysmorphic disorder.
3. Epidemiology and presentation of BDD.
4. Descriptive psychopathology of BDD.
5. Psychogenic excoriation.
6. Psychological aspects of cosmetic procedures.
7. Risk factors in the development of BDD.
8. Neurobiological aspects of BDD.
9. Learning theory models of BDD.
10. A cognitive behavioral model of BDD.
11. Evidence for cognitive behavior therapy in BDD.
12. Evidence for pharmacotherapy in BDD.
Part B: Assessment and Therapy.
13. Assessment.
14. Engagement and formulation.
15. Advice on cosmetic procedures.
16. Imagery rescripting.
17. Modifying attentional biases.
18. Modifying cognitive processes in BDD.
19. Avoidance, compulsive, and safety-seeking behaviors.
20. Modifying appraisals.
21. Habit reversal for psychogenic excoriation.
22. Behavioral activation for depression in BDD.
23. Pharmacotherapy.
Appendix 1 Diagnostic interviews and assessment scales.
Appendix 2 Leaflets and forms used during therapy.
Appendix 3 Resources for BDD.


Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is one of the somatoform disorders. It is defined as a preoccupation with an imagined defect in ones appearance, where the persons concern is markedly excessive. They may spend many hours a day checking mirrors or comparing themselves to others, and often have needless dermatological treatment or cosmetic surgery - sometimes performed by themselves. Diagnosis is usually slow and treatment frequently inappropriate. This book is a treatment manual for BDD using cognitive behaviour therapy and contains a chapter on pharmacotherapy. Detailed client handouts and information will make it accessible to a wide range of professionals.


Overall my impression of this book is that it is a veryuseful resource to add to my clinician s catalogue ofmaterials to use when treating patients with BDD. (British Association for Behavioural & CognitivePsychotherapies, 1 October 2012)

Author Biography:

David Veale is a Consultant Psychiatrist in CognitiveBehaviour Therapy at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust andThe Priory Hospital North London, and an Honorary Senior Lecturerat the Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London. Hismain research and clinical interests are in Body DysmorphicDisorder (BDD) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). He is theauthor of four books and over 70 peer-reviewed articles.
Fugen Neziroglu is a board certified behavioural/cognitive and clinical psychologist involved in the researchand treatment of anxiety disorders and obsessive compulsivespectrum disorders. She is Clinical Director of theBio-Behavioral Institute in Great Neck, NY, USA; Adjunct Professorof Psychology at Hofstra University in Long Island, NY; and AdjunctProfessor of Psychiatry at New York University. She has publishedover 14 books, which have been translated into variouslanguages, and written over 150 peer reviewed articles onobsessive compulsive spectrum disorders. She is on thescientific advisory board of the International Obsessive CompulsiveDisorder Foundation.


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