Roberto Olivardia, PhD – Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Do you know anyone who absolutely hates some aspect about his/her body? Enough to obsessively try to change it? Some do with cosmetic surgery, but many do with behaviors – hours of exercise daily, extreme diets, etc. These people check the mirror daily if not more. And as a group 20% of people who suffer from BDD commit suicide. 20% !!
Listen as Dr. Roberto Olivardia, an expert in the field of eating disorders and BDD, tells us about this condition that affects 1-2% of the population, how to help someone you may think has it, and resources for families and individuals affected by it. People with ADHD are at risk for it by the very nature of the emotional turmoil caused by ADHD. One key resource is https://iocdf.org, the website of the International OCD Foundation.
Dr. Olivardia has a private practice in the Boston area, and is on the clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He has written a book The Adonis Complex, about eating disorders in boys and men, and his clinical work centers around eating disorders and BDD.