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Title: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Model and Treatment for Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Recorded on July 21, 2020
Featuring: Fugen Neziroglu, PhD

Fugen Neziroglu, PhD

Dr. Fugen Neziroglu is a board-certified behavior and cognitive psychologist, and leading researcher on anxiety disorders. She is the co-founder and director of the Bio Behavioral Institute in Great Neck NY, a clinic specializing in anxiety and obsessive-compulsive related disorders. Dr. Neziroglu is also a member of many national and international societies and is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Obsessive Compulsive Foundation (IOCDF) and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), as well as President of OCDNY. Dr. Neziroglu has presented and published over 300 papers in
scientific journals, including the American Journal of Psychiatry, Behaviour Research and Therapy, and the Journal of Anxiety Disorders. Additionally, she is the author and co-author of fifteen books on obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders, including, most recently Children of Hoarders, Overcoming Body Dysmorphic Disorder, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder: A Treatment Manual. Dr. Neziroglu is the co author of Body Dysmorphic Disorder Treatment in the Series Advances in Psychotherapy that is set to be released in 2021.

Webinar Description

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is classified under obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders due to its many shared similarities with OCD, including preoccupations associated with engagement in safety behaviors. Patients with BDD have a perceived or imagined defect in their physical appearance, and may engage in behaviors such as mirror gazing, camouflaging, ruminating, skin picking, intense social comparison, and needless dermatological treatment or cosmetic surgery. Though there has been a surge of effective
pharmacological and cognitive behavioral treatments in the past ten years, BDD is still under recognized and often misdiagnosed. This webinar will begin with a review of the theoretical and empirical models of the psychopathology of and treatment for BDD. Although there are some similarities to obsessive compulsive disorder treatment there are also many distinct approaches. This webinar will describe the symptoms of BDD, explain cognitive behavioral models of BDD, and teach assessment and treatment strategies. These strategies include the process of engagement and developing a formulation; imagery rescripting; attentional training; ceasing ruminating; habit reversal, exposure and response prevention; and behavioral experiments. 

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize and diagnose various forms of BDD
  2. Understand a cognitive behavioral model of BDD and the factors that maintain the symptoms of BDD and psychogenic excoriation

  3. Devise strategies for engagement and change in BDD with a focus on ceasing ruminating and comparing, dropping of avoidance and safety behaviours, re-scripting imagery and behavioural experiments

This webinar is eligible for 1 CE/CME. Read more information on CE/CME here: