This obsession often leads to problems with social functioning as the patient will view themselves as loathsome. The disorder differs from eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa due to the latter being focused on overall bodyweight.
Treatment would usually involve psychotherapy, psychotropic medication, selective serotonin inhibitors and cognitive-behavioural hypnotherapy which has been found to have very positive results.
What is Cognitive-Behavioural Hypnotherapy?
CBH combines hypnotherapy with the concepts and techniques of cognitive-behavioural therapy. The aim of CBT is to help you change your negative cognitions and thoughts about yourself into positive ones. A cognitive behavioural therapist also helps you to adopt new behaviours which will help you to deal with any issues which may arise in the future.
The combination of CBT and hypnotherapy produces more efficient results than ether on their own and many studies conducted on the effectiveness has found that it is one of the most evidential based therapies and as a result of this strong evidence the NHS has adopted CBH as a treatment for certain psychological disorders including body dysmorphic disorder.