Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Katharine Phillips, MD discusses
body dysmorphic disorder on ABC's Good Morning America.

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The Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) Program at Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University is one of the few specialty programs in the country for BDD.

Body dysmorphic disorder is a common and often severe disorder. People with BDD are preoccupied with perceived flaws in their physical appearance, for example, the appearance of their skin, hair, nose or other body areas. BDD causes emotional suffering and usually interferes with a person’s day-to-day functioning.

The Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program at Rhode Island Hospital is directed by Katharine Phillips, MD, professor of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Rhode Island Hospital is the principal teaching hospital of the Alpert Medical School. Dr. Phillips and her team are internationally known for their pioneering research studies on BDD and their clinical expertise in this disorder.

The program was founded more than 20 years ago. It was the first research and clinical program devoted to BDD in the United States.

The Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program is dedicated to understanding, treating and preventing BDD.

The program advances knowledge about BDD by:

  • Conducting scientific research
  • Offering study treatment for people who qualify
  • Developing new and better treatments for BDD
  • Publishing our research findings in scientific journals
  • Providing expert clinical evaluations and treatment for people with BDD and other psychiatric disorders that frequently accompany BDD, such as olfactory reference syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, and depression.

The Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program spreads new knowledge and gets the word out about BDD through:

  • Books and publications in scientific journals
  • Presentations for professionals around the world
  • Media interviews
  • Educating students and trainees, providing training and volunteering experiences in our program

The Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program also has expertise in olfactory reference syndrome (ORS). People with ORS believe that they emit a foul body odor. This disorder, too, causes emotional suffering and usually interferes with daily functioning.

Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute

The BDD Program is part of the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute (NPNI), which is dedicated to providing outstanding clinical care for patients with disorders of the nervous system and conducting world-class research in the neurosciences. The NPNI brings together physicians and scientists from Rhode Island Hospital and its Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Bradley Hospital, Brown University, the Brown Institute for Brain Science (BIBS), Butler Hospital, and the Providence VA Medical Center.

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Body Dysmorphic Disorder Program
Coro West
1 Hoppin Street
Providence, RI 02903
1 Hoppin Street
Providence, RI 02903