You don’t need a psychologist against body dysmophic disorderby Annalisa Lista - 2016.02.09
In order to fight against body dysmorphic disorder, you just need an online therapy. For the first time, researchers have tested the surprising effects of Internet therapies on those patients affected by dysmorphophobia: a mental disorder characterized by an obsessive preoccupation that some aspect of one's own appearance is severely flawed and warrants exceptional measures to hide or fix it. A condition that can lead to anorexia, suicide, alcohol o drug addiction. Especially when people affected have no means to take care of themselves or fear the psychologist. So, in order to help these people get help, researchers at Karolinska Institute have developed an alternative method. By experimenting on sample of patients a three-month online treatment, in anonymous form. A treatment that, in effect, was useful to more than half of the group and completely resolving for 40% of the sample. Results have been published in the British Medical Journal.
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