Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Treatment

Treatment for body dysmorphic disorder includes cognitive behavioral therapy and medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). In severe cases, when a child or adolescent is in danger of harming herself, psychiatric hospitalization may be required. Cosmetic surgery is not believed to be a successful treatment for body dysmorphic disorder. At best, cosmetic surgery may provide a temporary fix, but it does not treat the root causes of the disorder. Following cosmetic surgery for a perceived flaw, a child or adolescent may begin obsessing over a new perceived flaw in her appearance.