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BRIDGING THE GAP
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 165-168

Recognizing body dysmorphic disorder (dysmorphophobia)


Department of Psychiatry, Safdarjung Hospital, VM Medical College, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Anukriti Varma
Department of Psychiatry, Safdarjung Hospital, VM Medical College, New Delhi
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0974-2077.167279

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Dysmorphophobia is a psychiatric condition which frequently presents in the clinics of dermatologists and plastic surgeons. This disorder (also called body dysmorphic disorder) is troublesome to the patient whilst being confusing for the doctor. This commonly undiagnosed condition can be detected by a few simple steps. Timely referral to a psychiatrist benefits most patients suffering from it. This article describes with a case vignette, how to recognize body dysmorphic disorder presenting in the dermatological or aesthetic surgery set up. Diagnostic criteria, eitiology, approach to patient, management strategy and when to refer are important learning points. The importance of recognizing this disorder timely and referring the patient to the psychiatrist for appropriate treatment is crucial.This article covers all aspects of body dysmorphic disorder relevant to dermatologists and plastic surgeons and hopes to be useful in a better understanding of this disorder.


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