Dysmorphophobia: Body dysmorphic disorder or delusional disorder, somatic subtype?

Jose de Leon, Andrew Bott, George M. Simpson

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The DSM-III-R proposes to divide dysmorphophobia into two separate disorders: delusional disorder, somatic subtype and dysmorphic disorder. We believe that this distinction of delusional and nondelusional is impossible from a phenomenological point of view, and that dysmorphophobic beliefs are better classified as overvalued ideas. The concept of dysmorphophobia and its relationship to monosymptomatic hypochondriacal psychoses and DSM-III-R categories is reviewed. A case report is described to support these arguments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)457-472
Number of pages16
JournalComprehensive Psychiatry
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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