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David Baxter

Mar 26, 2004
Building Body Acceptance
Department of Health
Retrieved December 2012

Overcoming Body Dysmorphia:
This information package is designed to provide you with some information about body dysmorphic disorder - how it develops, how it is maintained and how to address this problem. It is organised into modules that are designed to be worked through in sequence. We recommend that you complete one module before moving onto the next. Each module contains information, worksheets, and suggested exercises or activities.


  • Module 1: Understanding Body Dysmorphic Disorder
    This module provides some general information about body image and Body Dysmorphic Disorder, considers how this problem might develop, and discusses some of the negative consequences of the disorder. PDF document: 244kb. Updated 30 November 2012.
  • Module 2: What keeps BDD going?
    This module considers how past experiences may be affecting you in the present, and explores how BDD may be maintained in the longer term. PDF document: 245kb. Updated insert date 2012.
  • Module 3: Reducing Appearance Preoccupation
    This module explores ways you can start to decrease the amount of time spent focussed on your appearance, and thus start to break the vicious cycle of BDD. PDF document: 266kb. Updated 30 November 2012.
  • Module 4: Reducing Checking & Reassurance Seeking
    This module explores the different ways people check and seek reassurance regarding their appearance, discusses the difference between helpful and unhelpful checking, and introduces strategies to reduce or eliminate these behaviours. PDF document: 246kb. Updated 30 November 2012.
  • Module 5: Overcoming Negative Predictions, Avoidance & Safety Behaviours
    This module introduces strategies to challenge and experiment with negative predictions, and to reduce the anxiety, avoidance and safety behaviours often associated with this type of thinking. PDF document: 234kb. Updated 30 November 2012.
  • Module 6: Adjusting Appearance Assumptions
    In this module we will focus on challenging the unhelpful rules and assumptions that can keep you caught in the vicious cycle of BDD. PDF document: 165kb. Updated 30 November 2012.
  • Module 7: Self-Management Planning
    This final module brings all the concepts of this information package together, presents a new model for you to operate by, and includes a self-management plan to help you to stay on track in the future. PDF document: 205kb. Updated 30 November 2012.

See Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) - Psychotherapy, Research, Training for more free workbooks.

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