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So far Ben Buchanan has created 64 blog entries.

Biased brain and body perception

My research has focused on the brain function of people who see themselves as incredibly ugly, even though they look normal. This problem is called Body Dysmorphic Disorder, which is a mental disorder that affects 1 or 2 people out of every 100. That’s five times the prevalence of anorexia! Not liking the way we [...]

The new year opportunity

As 2015 comes to a close I thought I would take the opportunity to wish you all the very best for the year to come. As you reflect on the year past I hope you’ll remember times of growth, fun and connection. The year for my work was a time of change. Starting my own [...]

Imagined imperfection

Most people feel self-conscious about their body from time to time, but if intense concerns about the way you look start impacting on everyday life, you could be suffering from body dysmorphic disorder. By Angela Tufvesson for Australian Unity. When Ennalies was 18 years old, she became fixated with her nose. But this obsession was [...]

Muscle dysmorphia explained

Do good psychologists work? Dr Ben Buchanan reviews

Log off social media and live, researchers say

With demand for professional help to "digital detox" on the rise, experts are examining our "addiction" to social media. Article published in The Age 1nd July 2015, by Katie Cincotta New research from the University of California at Los Angeles concludes that even in our downtime we are wired to be social, which may explain [...]

Difference between body dysmorphia and vanity

On KIIS FM talking about BDD

Book Published – Brain structure and circuitry in body dysmorphic disorder

Book by Dr Ben Buchanan now available on Amazon. Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is a mental disorder with five times the prevalence of anorexia, affecting up to 2.4% of the general population. The main symptom is a fixation on a feature of appearance that they attest looks ugly and they may engage in repetitive and [...]

Bigorexia and Muscle Dysmorphia

Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas interviews Dr Ben Buchanan, warning that a surge in the number of men using steroids to enhance their bodies, and development of depression or eating disorders down the line.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Identifying and Treating an Invisible Problem

Published in Vol 1 2015 Australian Clinical Psychologist. By Dr Ben Buchanan Abstract Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), previously classified as a somatoform disorder, has recently been reconceptualised as related to obsessive– compulsive disorder. BDD is similar to obsessive–compulsive disorder in terms of having obsessions (body image) and compulsions (checking behaviours related to appearance). People with [...]