Friday, July 7 • 8:00am - 9:30am
Understanding and Treating Body Dysmorphic Disorder

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Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a severe body image disorder characterized by a preoccupation with an imagined or slight flaw in appearance. BDD is a relatively common and often disabling illness with high suicide rates. This presentation will describe how to correctly recognize, diagnose, and conceptualize individuals with BDD. Participants will learn many therapeutic techniques, including: cognitive strategies for delusional and non-delusional BDD, metaphors and mindfulness exercises, strategies to address low self-esteem and over-importance of appearance, novel strategies to reduce common BDD behaviors, mirror retraining, and strategies for involving families. Motivational strategies for helping patients overcome resistance to treatment will also be presented.

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Sabine Wilhelm, PhD

Chief of Psychology; Professor of Psychology, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Dr. Sabine Wilhelm is a Professor of Psychology (Psychiatry) at the Harvard Medical School. She is the Chief of Psychology and the Director of the Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Program at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). She is Co-Director of the MGH Tourette... Read More →

Friday July 7, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Yerba Buena - Salons 4-6

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