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Obsession with Perfection: Body Dysmorphia
Monday, March 04
Palm Ballroom 2
7:15 AM - 8:45 AM
Neelam Vashi, MD, FAAD
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:
- Analyze different objective and subjective aspects of beauty.
- Recognize characteristics of body dysmorphic disorder.
- Diagnose, evaluate, and appropriately treat those with body dysmorphic disorder.
This course offers an overview of the objective and subjective aspects of beauty and will segue into a discussion of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). The course will begin with an analysis of what the human eye finds aesthetically pleasing including symmetry, averageness, proportions, and sexual dimorphism. Also to be discussed are how these biologic perceptions can be reshaped through individual, cultural, and historical influences. The course will then focus on disorders of self-perception including a discussion of the history, epidemiology, symptoms, diagnosis, implications for dermatologists, and treatment options of those with this BDD.