Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Widespread and Potentially Deadly


Millions of Americans have a skewed view of their own bodies, leading to serious depression and suicidality.


Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a mental health disorder in which you cannot stop thinking about perceived defects or flaws in your appearance, flaws that are often minor or even invisible to others. This condition currently affects around 2-3% of the general population.

In this edition of PsychPearls, we speak to Katharine Phillips, MD, about her pioneering research on BDD, her books on the topic, and options for treatment.

Dr Phillips is currently professor of psychiatry, DeWitt Wallace Senior Scholar, and Residency Research Director for the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine. She is also an attending psychiatrist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and adjunct professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

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