HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Debilitating Body Image Disorder Often Begins In Teens; Likely To Be Missed

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Teen-agers' concerns with their appearance should not be dismissed lightly. The image obsession known as body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) typically begins in young people and left untreated may lead to impairment in functioning and even to suicide attempts, according to a new study by Brown University researchers, the largest study ever conducted on this age group.

In an analysis of 33 children and adolescents diagnosed with BDD (a preoccupation with nonexistent or slight defects in appearance), 94 percent reported impairment in social functioning; 39 percent had been hospitalized; and 21 percent had attempted suicide.

A specific class of antidepressants - serotonin reuptake inhibitors - proved effective in reducing the BDD symptoms for 53 percent of the participants who took them, said study authors Ralph S. Albertini, M.D., and Katharine A. Phillips, M.D., in the April Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

The study consisted of 30 females and three males, aged 6 to 17. It is estimated that BDD begins before age 18 in 70 percent of cases, most commonly at age 13. The subjects had been referred for evaluation and treatment to a BDD clinical and research program at Butler Hospital in Providence, R.I., by community therapists, parents or by themselves.

Sixty-one percent of bodily preoccupations focused on the skin; 55 percent on hair; 48 percent on weight; 39 percent on the face; 30 percent on teeth; 27 percent each on legs and nose. All body parts of concern to the subjects appeared to the interviewers to be normal or to have only minimal anomalies.

Most participants spent more than three hours a day thinking about their perceived defects; some said it was all they thought about. Many avoided making friends and dating. Eighty-five percent reported the disorder interfered with academic perform
'"/>

Contact: Kristen Lans
Kristen_Lans@brown.edu
401-863-7508
Brown University
24-Mar-1999


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Images of thin models boost dieters self-image: Study
2. MRI Images Using Laser-Polarized Xenon
3. Study Captures Images Of Memories Being Formed Within The Human Brain
4. Filmless System Puts X-Ray Images On The Web
5. Optical Technology Projects Images Directly Into The Eye
6. Media invitation: The Movement Disorder Societys 7th International Congress
7. New research sets out to help children suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
8. A Genetic Marker Of Panic Disorder
9. Stress Hormone Tied To Depression And Conduct Disorder In Pregnant Teens
10. Hopkins Researchers Develop New Therapy For Autoimmune Disorders Such As Rheumatoid Arthritis And Lupus
11. Differences In Brain Function Found For Attention Deficit Disorder

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:9/9/2019)... ... September 09, 2019 , ... Drs. Steven White, Brad ... now welcome individuals with tooth loss in Davidson, NC who are seeking permanent ... single or multiple missing teeth and want the advantages of dental implants ...
(Date:9/9/2019)... ... September 09, 2019 , ... Cardinal Park Family Dental Care is ... counting. The practice offers family dentistry , laser gum disease treatment, full mouth ... the 20th year that Cardinal Park Family Dental Care has provided state-of-the-art, comprehensive dental ...
(Date:9/9/2019)... N.C. (PRWEB) , ... September 09, 2019 , ... ... voted unanimously to adopt an organization-wide policy focusing on a diabetes-language movement (#LanguageMatters) ... language that is neutral and non-judgmental, free from stigma, respectful and inclusive, empowering, ...
(Date:9/8/2019)... ... September 09, 2019 , ... Stetson University ranks No. 5 on ... South, released today. In addition, Stetson appears on five additional lists in the same ... No. 14; Campus Ethnic Diversity, No. 34; and a new list this year, Top ...
(Date:9/8/2019)... ... September 06, 2019 , ... ... historic milestone as its fall 2019 enrollment has reached an all-time high with ... in master’s and doctoral level candidates, totaling 374 students. The total does not ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/11/2019)... ... September 12, 2019 , ... Understanding the Drug Supply ... Webinar, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, 1:30-3:00 p.m. EDT, https://www.fdanews.com/understanding-the-dscsa , Need ... the company clear on nuances of the guidelines regulating the drug supply chain? ...
(Date:9/11/2019)... ... September 11, 2019 , ... Designs for Health (DFH) – ... Annatto-GG™ 150 , a revolutionary compound that supports healthy aging, specifically muscle protein ... in nature through the annatto plant, it’s a nutrient produced by the body ...
(Date:9/11/2019)... ... September 11, 2019 , ... Abilene Christian University (ACU) is ... Practice (DNP) degree. The online BSN to DNP program pathway is meant to serve ... Science in Nursing (BSN) degree to a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. , ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: