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Saturday 12, Jun 2010

  Distorted body image and abnormal body function could be linked

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Distorted body image and abnormal body function could be linkedBody Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) or dysmorphophobia is a hidden disease in the sense that people affected by it perceive themselves to have a physical flaw and try to alter their appearance via plastic surgeries.

A study is led by Sanjaya Saxena, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine to identify abnormalities in brain structure that are linked with this disorder. This study will also evaluate how these abnormalities could be altered with treatment.

Saxena hopes to find out if a drug commonly used to treat depression and anxiety disorders, venlafaxine (Effexor), could be used for treating BDD, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Compulsive Hoarding.

Thursday 29, Apr 2010

  Abnormal brain function could find a link with distorted body image

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Abnormal brain function could find a link with distorted body imageNearly three million Americans suffer from Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) or dysmorphophobia, which is a hidden disease in the sense that patients try altering their appearance through plastic surgeries perceiving themselves to have a physical flaw or ugly.

Sanjaya Saxena, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, is leading a study for identifying brain structure abnormalities that are associated with this complication besides determining how these abnormalities can be altered with treatment.

Saxena hopes to find out if venlafaxine (Effexor), a drug commonly used to treat depression and anxiety disorders can be used to treat BDD, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Compulsive Hoarding.

Wednesday 05, Aug 2009

  Body dysmorphia linked with steroid abuse

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Body dysmorphia linked with steroid abuseBody dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a psychiatric condition, wherein excessive thoughts about your body image cause great stress and often interfere with your daily life. Body dysmorphia is a type of BDD wherein you have a distorted body image. This disorder is sometimes found among bodybuilders and is one of the reasons for steroids abuse. People with this disorder sometimes see themselves as thin and wimpy when they look in the mirror despite being large and muscular. They often become so obssessed with building more muscles that they may go to great extent with anabolic steroids use.

Steroids can be very effective at building muscles, but using steroids could also have some negative side effects to it. Among those reported were skin problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, development of the other gender’s characteristics, heart problems and liver damage. Steroids can also create hormonal imbalance which could alter behavior and mood.

A number of studies were conducted to find a cure for this problem. Researchers suggest serotonin-uptake inhibitors, same drugs used to treat depression can be also effective in treating BDD. Another approach is a type of psychological therapy known as cognitive-behavioral therapy.

From NIH News in Health:

BDD is a psychiatric condition that affects about 1-2% of the population. It occurs slightly more often in women than in men. “People with BDD frequently think about an imagined defect in their physical appearance. The thoughts are difficult to resist or control,” Phillips says. “On average, these patients report that they think about their perceived appearance flaws for about 3–8 hours a day.”

Because of their imagined flaws, many people with BDD avoid going out in public or shun friends and family. About three-quarters have had major depression, and about 1 in 4 attempt suicide.