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Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Pain Disorder

by Helen Farrell, MD
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    The lecture Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Pain Disorder by Helen Farrell, MD is from the course Dissociative Disorders and Somatoform Disorders . It contains the following chapters:

    • Body Dysmorphic Disorder
    • Pain Disorder
    • Malingering

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    1. It is a condition where the person is preoccupied with body parts they perceive as flawed or defective and consider themselves as grotesque.
    2. It is a disorder where a patient will intentionally produce medical or psychological symptoms in order to assume the role of a sick patient.
    3. It is a condition of faking or exaggerating symptoms for an obvious external benefit like money or disability.
    4. It is a condition where the patient has prolonged, exaggerated concern about health and possible illness.
    5. It is the persistent or recurrent feeling of detachment from one’s self, environment or social situation.
    1. It is more common in married males thus leading to strained married lives.
    2. The patients have an extreme sense of self-consciousness and isolation.
    3. The average age of onset is 15-20 years old.
    4. The co-existing conditions include major depression, anxiety and psychotic disorder.
    5. The patients are too ashamed to present for treatment and often develop social isolation.
    1. It is a prolonged, severe discomfort without adequate medical explanation often co-existing with a medical condition but is not directly caused by it.
    2. The acute pain disorder lasts for < 3 months while it is considered chronic when the symptoms are beyond 3 months.
    3. There is an increased incidence in first-degree relatives.
    4. Depression and anxiety are co-morbidities.
    1. Analgesics
    2. Psychotherapy
    3. SSRIs
    4. Hypnosis
    5. Bio-feedback

    Author of lecture Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Pain Disorder

     Helen Farrell, MD

    Helen Farrell, MD


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