Depressive disorders — Many patients with BDD have low self-esteem, low mood, guilty feelings (often about what they consider their preoccupations about vain and trivial matters), and feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. In short, they meet diagnostic criteria for also having serious depressive disorders. Furthermore, medications used to treat depression include SRIs, which have been found to be effective for BDD. Nevertheless, differences exist, since some medications effective for treating depression are ineffective for BDD. The SRI dose needed to relieve BDD is often much higher than that needed to treat depression.
Schizophrenia — This serious, chronic and debilitating psychotic disorder is characterized by delusions, hallucinations, emotional flatness, emotions that are inappropriate to the person’s ideas, and illogical thought and speech. Although certain individuals with schizophrenia may have unrealistic ideas about specific parts of their bodies, such concerns are usually only one part of a large set of illogical and unrealistic ideas and perceptions. They may not be as firmly or persistently held as the beliefs about the body of individuals with BDD. Medications that successfully treat schizophrenia are not necessarily helpful for treating BDD, and certainly are not effective when used alone.
Several important psychiatric disorders often go hand in hand with BDD. Although a lot more research is needed, several conditions also seem to most commonly occur in people suffering from BDD. Some individuals come into the psychiatrist’s office showing signs and symptoms of more than one disorder, whereas others may have had episodes of another disorder in the past but may not show these conditions when they seek consultation for their BDD.
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