Exercise and recovery from body dysmorphic disorder

by Eva E. Fisher, PhD I am writing this post while gazing out the window at a beautiful Colorado landscape. Today is the first time in almost a month that the temperature is moderate (in the low 80s), and the sky is clear of smoke. I am looking forward to taking my cat for a… Read more »

Congratulations to our 2020 Research Grant Award winners!

The IOCDF is very excited to announce the winners of the 2020 Research Grant Awards! The IOCDF’s Research Grant Awards provide funding support for OCD and related disorders research with the goals of bettering scientific understanding of these disorders, improving treatment, and supporting promising young scientists. This year we awarded two types of awards: the… Read more »

Una conversación con Dr. Carlos Rivera Villegas

Hola amigos!  Me llamo Linda Carolina Olmos y soy la autora de OCDBilingue o TOC Bilingüe, un blog para hispanohablantes enfocado en  psicoeducación sobre Trastorno Obsesivo Compulsivo.  La semana pasada, tuve la oportunidad de entrevistar al Dr. Rivera, un experto de TOC! Pienso que esta charla es importante porque puede ayudar a gente con TOC… Read more »

Is seeing believing?

by Dr. James Claiborn People with BDD struggle with what they see when they look at themselves. They often report seeing aspects of their appearance that are distorted, deformed or perhaps just ugly. What any of us see when we look at anything is the product of perceptual processing. Understanding what is involved in perceptual… Read more »

Make peace, not love

by Dr. Ryan Kaplan Often when people with BDD first come to see me for treatment, they describe their struggles with their appearance and how they hate what they see when they look in the mirror. They talk about feelings of disgust, anxiety, and shame about their appearance, and a deep desire to one day… Read more »

Body dysmorphic disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

by Roberto Olivardia, PhD Although not yet recognized in the scientific literature, the relationship between attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is worthy of attention. As a specialist in treating patients with BDD, as well as an ADHD expert, I have observed how ADHD can have a negative impact on body image…. Read more »

Open Mic Night: Submit your talent by 7/17!

We’re excited to announce that the Online OCD Conference will feature our first-ever Open Mic Night, sponsored by Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle! This pre-recorded event will feature talent from all across the OCD and related disorders community.  If you have a special talent you’d like to showcase, whether you dance, play an instrument,… Read more »

#FacesOfOCD: Cyrene

For more information about #FacesOfOCD and how to submit, click here. Hello! Shira here! Today we’re going to hear from Cyrene. I discovered Cyrene on instagram a few months ago. There, Cyrene runs an account called @diaryofacrohnie_ where she speaks out about chronic illness and mental health in a way that is open, honest, and compassionate…. Read more »

Stress, COVID-19, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder

by Stella Kim Hansen, LMHC and Michele T. Pato, MD It wouldn’t be possible to write a blog post about body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) without acknowledging the stressful effects of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Through our own experiences in clinical work and doing research on the unique disorder of BDD, I am struck by how… Read more »