Efficacy of EMDR in body dysmorphic disorder and associated cognitive-emotional features

Description

Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a severe psychological disorder that significantly impacts functioning and quality of life. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) presents as an emerging alternate psychological intervention. This study aimed to examine the efficacy of EMDR in BDD symptoms and associated cognitive-emotional features. These features include appearance-based rejection sensitivity, body shame, and self-compassion. Our study utilized a multiple-baseline across-subjects design, monitoring four randomly allocated female patients with BDD over a 10-session/90-minute EMDR treatment phase and two follow-up sessions at 1 and 3 months, respectively. Our results showed that EMDR significantly reduced BDD symptoms (recovery percentage [RP] = 60.54), appearance-based rejection sensitivity (RP = 36.56), and body shame (RP = 54.82) and increased self-compassion (RP = 51.79). Therefore, our study suggests that EMDR may be an effective treatment for BDD patients.

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Journal

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English

Author(s)

Hanieh Pouladi
Soran Rajabi
Fateme Jamshidi
Ali Pakizeh
Daniel Talbot

Original Work Citation

Pouladi, H., Rajabi, S., Jamshidi, F., Pakizeh, A., & Talbot, D. (2024). Efficacy of EMDR in body dysmorphic disorder and associated cognitive-emotional features. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research 18(2), 82-99. doi:10.1891/EMDR-2024-0013

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“Efficacy of EMDR in body dysmorphic disorder and associated cognitive-emotional features,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed July 25, 2024, https://francineshapirolibrary.omeka.net/items/show/29223.

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