Body dysmorphic disorder - a distinct entity

P.P. Oosthuizen, David Castle

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    Abstract

    Objective. The aim of this study was to review the available literature on dysmorphophobia/body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), to underscore those areas requiring further study, and to stimulate clinicians and researchers to pay more attention to this often unrecognised problem.Method. The review was carried out using relevant articles obtained through the MEDLINE and PSYCHLIT databases.Results. BDD is a chronic, debilitating illness that disrupts functioning at various levels. Recent studies have increased our knowledge, but a paucity of research into this disorder remains.Conclusion. There is a need for more research into many aspects of this disorder, including epidemiology, phenomenology, nosology and treatment.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)766-769
    JournalSouth African Medical Journal
    Volume88
    Publication statusPublished - 1998

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    Oosthuizen, P. P., & Castle, D. (1998). Body dysmorphic disorder - a distinct entity. South African Medical Journal, 88, 766-769.