Journal article

Body parts of clinical concern in anorexia nervosa versus body dysmorphic disorder: a cross-diagnostic comparison

Wei Lin Toh, Sally A Grace, Susan L Rossell, David J Castle, Andrea Phillipou

AUSTRALASIAN PSYCHIATRY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Anorexia nervosa and body dysmorphic disorder share a hallmark clinical feature of severe body image disturbance. This study aimed to document major demographic and clinical characteristics in anorexia nervosa versus body dysmorphic disorder, and it was the first to compare specific body parts related to body image dissatisfaction across these disorders directly. METHODS: Anorexia nervosa (n=26) and body dysmorphic disorder (n=24) patients were administered a range of clinical measures, including key questions about the specificities of their body image concerns. RESULTS: Results revealed increased psychiatric and personality co-morbidities in anorexia nervosa relative to body dy..

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