Visual training program for body dysmorphic disorder: A new treatment trial
We are conducting a new treatment trial involving a visual training program designed for individuals with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). This is based on research that individuals with body dysmorphic disorder can view certain images in a different way to those without the disorder, which can maintain or worsen symptoms.
To participate in the study, you must:
- have a primary diagnosis of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)
- be 18 to 65 years old
- speak English as your preferred language
- have no history of neurological or eye conditions
- be willing to attend ten weekly sessions at Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn campus.
Participating will involve completing pre- and post-assessments, as well as attending weekly sessions over a period of ten weeks with a trained therapist. All participants will be reimbursed $50 for the pre- and post-assessments for their time and any travel expenses.
The assessments include:
- clinical interview
- eye tracking tasks
- social cognition tasks
The ten-week training program consists of three phases:
- general visual training
- face specific visual training
- self-perception visual training using mirrors.