Perspectives is a new therapy app for body dysmorphic disorder. It has been created by leading researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and is available at no cost.
Currently, Perspectives is only available as part of a research study at Massachusetts General Hospital. The research study is testing the benefits of Perspectives as a therapy app for body image concerns. You can express your interest and find contact information on our website https://perspectives.health.
Perspectives is intended to deliver a specialized course of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that reduces Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) severity.
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- Get a personalized 12-week program to help you feel better about your appearance
- Simple exercises based on evidence-backed cognitive behavioral therapy
- Complete exercises from the comfort of your own home
- Get paired to a coach to answer your questions
- No cost associated with the treatment
WHAT PREVIOUS USERS HAVE SAID
“It adds structure to your life, gives you clear, simple goals to challenge yourself. It’s a friendly app that has a lot of impact.”
WHAT IS BODY DYSMORPHIC DISORDER?
If you are suffering from Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), please know that you are not alone. In fact, recent studies suggest that BDD is relatively common and affects close to 2% of the population.
BDD, also known as body dysmorphia, is a mental disorder characterized by a severe preoccupation with a perceived defect in one’s appearance. Any body part can be the focus of concern. The most common areas of concern involve the face (e.g., nose, eyes, and chin), hair, and skin. Individuals with BDD often spend hours a day worrying about their appearance. Body dysmorphic disorder is NOT vanity. It is a serious and often debilitating condition.
WHAT IS COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY?
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for BDD is a skills-based treatment. It helps individuals to evaluate their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and develop strategies to think and act in healthier ways.
In a nutshell, CBT helps you identify negative thoughts, and recognize how these thoughts are affecting behavior - so you can take practical steps to change what you do and how you feel.
Research has shown that CBT is a very effective treatment for body dysmorphic disorder. We are currently testing a smartphone-based CBT treatment for BDD. In our experience at our specialty BDD clinic, many people who need treatment for BDD are unable to access it, because of their location, lack of available therapists, or the costs of treatment. We hope that developing and testing this CBT for BDD app will give many more people access to treatment.
HOW DOES PERSPECTIVES WORK?
Perspectives is based on evidence-based treatment, CBT. It provides simple exercises over the course of a personalized twelve-week program which you can do from the comfort of your own home.
WHO IS BEHIND PERSPECTIVES
Perspectives has been created by clinicians at Massachusetts General Hospital, who have years of experience in cognitive behavioral therapy.
HOW TO GET AN ACTIVATION CODE
You can express your interest on our website [LINK]. You’ll speak to a clinician and if the app is a good fit for you, they will provide you with a code.
We care about your privacy, please read the following information carefully.
If you have any questions, concerns, or technical difficulties, please contact the healthcare professional who provided you with the activation code for this mobile therapy.
- HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS
For support with any aspect of Perspectives, please contact Support Services via email [email protected]. For privacy reasons, please do not share any patient personal data with us.
COMPATIBLE OS VERSIONS
Compatible with Android version 5.1 or greater
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