Interview Study of Body Dysmorphic Disorder in Adults and Adolescents


Why are we doing this study?

Currently, we are analyzing study data, presenting our findings at meetings for professionals and publishing our findings in scientific journals.

Here are some of the important questions the study is addressing. Most of these questions have never been studied before:

  • What happens to BDD symptoms over time? For example, do the symptoms get better or worse?

  • What factors seem to determine whether BDD symptoms improve or worsen?

  • What kinds of treatment do people with BDD receive? Do these treatments affect whether people with BDD get better?

  • How does BDD affect people's lives (for example, daily functioning and quality of life)?

  • How common are suicidal thoughts and behaviors in people with BDD, and what are the features and frequency of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in people with this disorder?

What does the study involve?

  • This study is not currently recruiting participants.

  • We interviewed study participants once a year. During the interview, we asked questions about such things as body image, other symptoms (e.g., anxiety and depression), functioning, and quality of life.

  • No treatment was provided as part of this study.

What we have learned so far…

This study has helped professionals and the public learn many important things about BDD. For example, we have learned more about the clinical features of BDD, how BDD in adolescents differs from BDD in adults, how males and females with BDD differ, depression and social anxiety in BDD, functioning and quality of life, suicidal thinking, and how people with BDD do over time. We have published many articles in scientific journals that report our findings from this study. Please click on the following link for a list of some of our publications on BDD, which include these articles. Here are recent articles resulting from our study; one which focuses on cosmetic procedures that people with BDD have received and one which focuses on social anxiety in BDD.

Additional articles have been accepted for publication and should be published soon. In the future, we plan to publish many additional reports from this study in scientific journals, as we continue to analyze our data and write up our results for publication. We also disseminate study findings widely in the presentations we give on BDD across the country.

We are very grateful to all of our study participants, who have been very generous with their time and have greatly contributed to understanding of BDD and its effects on people's lives.