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Zyprexa (Olanzapine)

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DIFFERENTIATING BDD FROM OTHER DISORDERS: “A SIGN ON THE ROAD” r
The DSM-IV criteria for BDD provide a useful common language for BDD sufferers, clinicians, and researchers alike. They help researchers ascertain that they are all studying the same phenomenon. It’s important that what I call BDD is what a researcher elsewhere calls BDD; this allows a coherent body of knowledge about the disorder to be developed. The criteria also allow clinicians to make the diagnosis, which, in turn, guides treatment. They can also be helpful to patients. As a man with BDD said to me, “I read DSM to find out what was wrong with me. It was a relief to know what I had. Finally, I’d found the road and a sign on the road telling me where I was.”
While the criteria are useful guidelines, they do have the limitations I’ve discussed. In addition, they don’t fully convey the experience of people with BDD. They don’t tell us about their lives—the private torment, the fears, the isolation. Nor do they reflect what’s unique about each person’s experience.
Patients’ experiences tell us far more than diagnostic criteria ever could. Jennifer and Sarah had certain things in common with Jane, whose story follows. They all fulfilled the diagnostic criteria for BDD: each was preoccupied with physical defects that were nonexistent or minimal and went unnoticed by others. Each was significantly distressed or impaired by her concerns. But in some ways, their experiences were quite different. Sarah’s symptoms were relatively mild, and she functioned well despite them. Jane’s symptoms, in contrast, were very severe. Because of them, she couldn’t work and had been hospitalized. She thought she was so ugly that people stared at her through binoculars. And she even believed that people driving by her were so distracted by her “ugliness” that they got into car crashes when they saw her.
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