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Status of Body Dysmorphic Disorder in Argentina

Borda, T., Neziroglu, F., Santos, N., Donnelly, K., & Rivera, RP. (2011). Status of body dysmorphic disorder in Argentina. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25, 507-512. Although body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) has received recent attention, it remains misunderstood and under-studied. The Argentine population seeks out plastic surgery at a disproportionate rate and exhibits high rates of preoccupation with bodily dissatisfaction, yet

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Are You An Obsessive Compulsive Eater? Take this quiz

Almost everyone thinks about food daily, craves certain food, and struggles with thoughts about food while dieting, but not everyone suffers from obsessive compulsive eating.  Take this quiz to help identify if you may suffer from obsessive compulsive eating. SCORING GUIDE: Add up the responses to all 20 questions to earn a total score.  A total score of 44 or

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What is Depersonalization?

WHAT IS DEPERSONALIZATION? By: Katharine Donnelly, Ph.D. Symptoms of depersonalization include subjective feelings of unreality, feeling detached from your mental or physical activities, feeling mentally “foggy,” experiencing “numb” feelings for people and subjects you previously had passion for, and being very distressed by these experiences. No one thing will bring about depersonalization. Some people develop chronic DPD randomly, while others can

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People, places, and emotional contamination: A common but underrecognized form of OCD

Most people are familiar with contamination fears in OCD.  Typically sufferers are fearful of commonly known sources of contamination, such as dirt, germs, feces/urine, household chemicals, and respond by rituals aimed at de-contamination, such as hand washing, showering etc.. But there is another form of contamination we see quite frequently in our practice referred to as “emotional contamination.”  In this form of OCD,

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Do Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Asperger’s disorder (AS) co-exist?

Asperger’s disorder (AS) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are both neurological disorders characterized by obsessive and repetitive behaviors, however many significant differences are observed.  AS, one of five pervasive developmental disorders, involves impairments in language, communication and social skills. Often, individuals diagnosed with AS also participate in obsessive and repetitive behaviors, upset easily if routines are not followed strictly, or

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5 Tips for Effective Parenting

5 Tips for Effective Parenting 1.      Be Consistent a.      Children thrive on consistency. Creating an environment where children know what to expect can teach them to have trust and respect for the authority of their parents. For example, Idle Threats have the potential to create a situation in which children will not take mention of punishment seriously. If you say that

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Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders defines Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD) as a persistent pattern of orderliness, perfectionism, and/or control, at the expense of flexibility, openness, and efficiency. Persons with this condition typically tend to resist the authority of others, while simultaneously demanding that others conform to their rigid way of doing things. They are deeply entrenched in their dysfunctional

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Social Learning Theory and Cognitive Behavioral Models of Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Neziroglu, F., Khemlani-Patel, S., & Veale, D. (2008). Social learning theory and cognitive behavioral models of body dysmorphic disorder. Body Image, 5, 28-38. Abstract Contemporary cognitive behavioral models of body dysmorphic disorder are reviewed, whereby the first by Neziroglu and colleagues emphasizes conditioning processes and relational frame theory and the latter by Veale emphasizes information processing. A brief review of

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Rates of Abuse in Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Neziroglu, F., Khemlani-Patel, S., & Yaryura-Tobias, J.A. (2006). Rates of abuse in body dysmorphic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Body Image, 3, 189-193. Abstract Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) continues to challenge professionals due to symptom severity, co-morbidity, suicidal ideation, and overvalued ideation. Despite the disorder’s severity, little research exists. Clinical observation suggests a noteworthy history of abuse; therefore the present study

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