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Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

Body dysmorphia is a mental illness in which a person becomes obsessed over a perceived defect or flaw in their personal appearance. A particular feature, such as the nose, hair, or skin, may be viewed as problematic and becomes overwhelming. This obsession can sometimes be about the slightest imperfection, and can sometimes even be completely imagined. 

Symptoms can include hallucinations or drastic attempts to fix the perceived flaw, and can even develop into an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia. If you or someone you love is struggling with the symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder, reach out to our care team today.

Warning Signs

  • Extreme preoccupation with a perceived flaw in appearance that seems minor to others
  • A strong belief that there’s a defect in your appearance that makes you look unattractive or deformed
  • Belief that others perceive your appearance in a negative way
  • Frequently checking the mirror, excessive grooming, or picking at skin
  • Attempting to hide perceived flaws with clothing or makeup
  • Seeking constant reassurance from others about your appearance
  • Frequently comparing yourself to others
  • Avoiding social engagements
  • Seeking cosmetic procedures without being satisfied 
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Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Our multidisciplinary team is committed to upholding clinical excellence while providing compassionate care for every patient seeking treatment at Focus. Care with us utilizes the following therapeutic framework: 

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Trauma-informed care (EMDR)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Health at Every Size (HAES) aligned/non-diet approach
  • Art therapy
  • Dance/movement therapy
  • Equine therapy
  • Adventure programming
  • Yoga, meditation, & mindfulness
  • Psychoeducation and skill building groups
    • Body image
    • Emotion regulation
    • Shame resilience and self-compassion
    • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
    • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Family therapy and support
  • Relapse prevention and early discharge planning for sustained recovery

We care.

Why Focus?

Helping others find healing and recovery is our passion and life’s work. We work together to create a safe and compassionate treatment environment for everyone who walks through our doors.
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We're experienced.

Why Focus?

Our experienced and multidisciplinary team is made up of doctors, therapists, dietitians, nurses, and support staff who are great at what they do. We’re wholly committed to providing the best possible care.
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We've been there too.

Why Focus?

Many of us are walking our own paths of recovery. That means we understand your struggles first hand because many of us have experienced the same adversities ourselves. We believe this insight helps us better support you.
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Seeking treatment is a big step, and we’re here to help you find the right program for you or your loved one. Learn more about our program offerings through the link below.


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