New pilot study on acceptance-based exposure therapy for Body Dysmorhic Disorder (BDD)

In a collaboration between Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm University led by Johanna Linde, a pilot study on an acceptance-based approach to BDD has just been published in Behavior Therapy. Highlights included:

  • Pilot study examined the treatment outcomes and feasibility of acceptance-based exposure therapy for BDD in 21 patients
  • At post-treatment, symptoms of BDD, depression, psychological flexibility, quality of life and general functioning were significantly improved
  • Dropout was low, and treatment gains were maintained at 6 months follow-up

These findings need to be confirmed by a controlled study before clinically inplemented.

Linde, J., Rück, C., Bjureberg, J., Ivanov, V. Z., Radu Djurfeldt, D., & Ramnerö.  Acceptance-based exposure therapy for body dysmorphic disorder: A pilot study. Behav Ther. 2015 Jul;46(4):423-31. doi: 10.1016/j.beth.2015.05.002.