Featuring: Dr. Eda Gorbis, PhD, LMFT
Dr. Eda Gorbis, PhD, LMFT is the Founder and Executive Director of the Westwood Institute for Anxiety Disorders in Los Angeles, California. The Institute is often called a center of 'last resort' for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), and other anxiety & spectrum disorders. Dr. Gorbis is also currently a Clinical Assistant Professor (V) of Psychiatry at the USC Keck School of Medicine.
By integrating treatment methods with a multidisciplinary team of experts, Dr. Gorbis has brought hundreds of people with prior treatment failures to normal functioning. Her expertise was prominently featured on such programs as "20/20," "60 Minutes," and "MTV's True Life," and she has appeared on networks such as: "National Geographic," "Discovery Channel," and "Fox News." She has given over 170 conference presentations on topics related to her intensive treatment of OCD, BDD, and anxiety disorders in the United States and around the world.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is a disabling condition that has been estimated to afflict 1 to 2 percent of the general population, which is nearly 5 million people in the United States alone. BDD is aptly described as the disease of “self-perceived ugliness.”
Most of us pay attention to our appearance but BDD sufferers worry excessively and unreasonably about some aspects of their appearance. They may be concerned that their nose is too big, chin misshapen, eyelids too puffy, breasts too small, hips too large, etc. If their facial pores are visible, they obsess that they have facial scarring. Any blemish such as acne, freckles or anything else becomes a focal point constantly drawing their attention and thoughts. These flaws may be non-existent or minimal, but you cannot reassure a BDD victim due to their lack of insight.
Similar to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), BDD patients experience obsessions and compulsions. In order to relieve their anxiety from their obsessive thoughts about their appearance, BDD patients may compulsively remove their skin, attempt self surgeries and even amputations in extreme cases. This can cause significant emotional distress (e.g. depression) and often significantly interfere with functioning.
Yet, most BDD patients do not seek psychiatric /psychological help. Their disease dictates the course of action and those who opt for non-psychiatric treatment will undergo unnecessary plastic surgeries and undertake life threatening procedures. Treatment for BDD includes: medication, exposure and response prevention (ERP), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and mindfulness-based behavioral therapy (MBBT).
1. Identify, assess, and diagnose body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).
2. Recognize and differentiate underlying structures and conditions and the complex
interplay between BDD and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
3. Explain treatment modals to recognize, address, and reduce BDD symptoms and improve insight.
This webinar is eligible for 1 CE.