Cognitive behavior group therapy for body dysmorphic disorder: a case series

Behav Res Ther. 1999 Jan;37(1):71-5. doi: 10.1016/s0005-7967(98)00109-0.


The treatment of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) has received little empirical attention despite evidence that BDD is a debilitating mental health problem. This open case series provides data on a new cognitive-behavioral treatment for BDD. Participants diagnosed with BDD were treated in small groups that met for 12 weekly 90-minute sessions. Patients improved significantly over the course of treatment, with reductions in both BDD and depression symptoms. This finding adds to a nascent literature documenting the potential efficacy of short-term cognitive-behavior therapy for patients suffering from BDD.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / methods*
  • Depression / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Psychotherapy, Group / methods*
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Somatoform Disorders / therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome