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Cognitive Behavioral Model Of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) (2004)

Individuals with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) experience distress associated with their body image. The Cognitive Behavioral Model Of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) details the factors which maintain distress in BDD.

This is a cognitive model of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) adapted from Veale (2004). The model identified key maintenance mechanisms which serve to prolong distress and preoccupation in BDD. This worksheet can be used as an aid to individualised case formulation in BDD.

This is a Psychology Tools information handout. Suggested uses include:

  • Client handout – use as a psychoeducation resource
  • Discussion point – use to provoke a discussion and explore client beliefs
  • Therapist learning tool – improve your familiarity with a psychological construct
  • Teaching resource – use as a learning tool during training
  • Veale, D. (2004). Advances in a cognitive behavioural model of body dysmorphic disorder. Body Image 1, 113-125
  • Veale, D. (2001). Cognitive-behavioural therapy for body dysmorphic disorder. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 7, 125-132

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