Despite substantial recovery from BDD, exposure to some self-photos continue to cause despondency. Somehow the more ~frightening images seem to latch onto my mind more than the more neutral or even ~acceptable photos. Thankfully, this doesn't prevent me from moving forward with planned social activities and work because of some of the cognitive and behavioral tools I practice, but the dip in self-esteem still hurts and I'm tempted to engage in self-isolation.
Would you have some general tips about how to go about conducting photo exposures?
it would help you a lot to see a BDD behavioral expert who could answer your questions and guide you in treatment. i think it is important to do the exposures daily. Sabine Wilhelm, PhD at Mass General Hospital in Boston and Katharine Phillips, MD in Rhode Island are world class experts who have written many articles and great books on BDD. all best wishes,
Michael Jenike, MD
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