Many people may feel uncomfortable about certain aspects of their appearance. However, if you’re overly focused on certain flaws and it gets in the way of living a well-adjusted life, you may be suffering from BDD. Some common symptoms are:

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

Discomfort about certain aspects of your appearance or body parts

Avoidance of people, places, or situations

Feeling deformed or ugly

Excessive focus on muscles and weight, especially in men

Certain rituals to cover up or camouflage the defects/perceived defects

Lack of self compassion

We use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to teach you how to change your self-defeating thoughts and beliefs. The behavioral piece of treatment focuses on gently and gradually exposing you to situations that you tend to avoid. We will also work on how to look at yourself and the environment as a whole instead of just the flaws. We will work on deeper self-esteem related issues so you can start gaining more self-confidence and self compassion. 

At Willow Anxiety & OCD, we are now using Virtual Reality Therapy as a form of treatment to supplement traditional exposure work and successfully address symptoms of BDD. Learn more about this exciting new form of treatment VR.

How We Can Help:
Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Cognitive Tools

Changing how you think about your thoughts and beliefs about aspects of your appearance 

Behavioral Tools

Exposure to situations that are avoided and not engaging in the usual rituals

Virtual Reality

VR enhanced exposures as needed

Self Compassion

Developing a capacity for self compassion

Resources
International OCD Foundation
https://iocdf.org/

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

http://www.adaa.org/

 

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

http://www.abct.org/

Psious Virtual Reality Platform

https://psious.com/

Virtual Reality Platform

Phillips KA. The Broken Mirror: Understanding and Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 200 

 

Wilhelm S. Feeling Good about the Way You Look: A Program for Overcoming Body Image Problems. New York: Guilford Press, 2006.