How effective are pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy for treatment of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)?
The review contained only 2 pharmacotherapy and 3 psychotherapy trials, and the number of participants in each trial was small (10-67). Inadequacies of reporting (and possibly trial methodology) limit the strength of the conclusions that can be drawn.
Body dysmorphic disorder is a condition characterised by a distressing and disabling preoccupation with an imagined or slight defect in appearance, causing significant illness and disruption to daily functioning. Preliminary evidence from surveys indicates that approximately a quarter of patients with BDD may have attempted suicide in their lifetimes.