Navigation Links
Brain Wiring May Explain Unhealthy Obsession With Looks
Date:5/2/2013

THURSDAY, May 2 (HealthDay News) -- Abnormal brain wiring may explain why some people become so fixated on their appearance that their obsession makes it hard for them to function, a new study suggests.

The study included people with body dysmorphic disorder, a mental illness that causes people to believe they are disfigured and ugly, even though they look normal.

These patients have abnormal network-wiring patterns across the brain, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), researchers discovered. Earlier UCLA research showed that people with body dysmorphic disorder process visual information abnormally. In line with that finding, this study revealed that people with this disorder have abnormal connections between brain regions involved in visual and emotional processing.

The findings, published in the May issue of the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, suggest that abnormal brain wiring in people with body dysmorphic disorder may cause impaired information processing.

"We found a strong correlation between low efficiency of connections across the whole brain and the severity of [body dysmorphic disorder]," study senior author Jamie Feusner, an associate professor of psychiatry, said in a university news release. "The less efficient patients' brain connections, the worse the symptoms, particularly for compulsive behaviors, such as checking mirrors."

For the study, the researchers examined brain scans of 14 adults with body dysmorphic disorder and 16 adults without the disorder.

The findings advance the understanding of body dysmorphic disorder by providing evidence that the "hard wiring" of patients' brain networks is abnormal, Feusner said.

"These abnormal brain networks could relate to how they perceive, feel and behave," he explained. "This is significant because it could possibly lead to us being able to identify early on if someone is predisposed to developing this problem."

Body dysmorphic disorder affects about 2 percent of the population. People with the condition fixate on minor or imagined flaws in their appearance -- such as a blemish on their face -- and some become so distraught that they can't lead normal lives.

More information

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America has more about body dysmorphic disorder.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of California, Los Angeles, news release, April 29, 2013


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Study Suggests Vaccine May Help Kids With Brain Cancer
2. Epilepsy Leads to More Brain Abnormalities Over Time
3. UCLA Brain Injury Research Center gets NCAA funding for research on sports concussions
4. Why is traumatic brain injury increasing among the elderly?
5. Brain Falters Near End of Life, but Games, Puzzles Might Slow Decline
6. Dental X-Rays May Be Linked to Benign Brain Tumors
7. Nonsurgical Method to Measure Brain Pressure Shows Promise
8. Researchers Map Brain Regions Linked to Intelligence
9. Football-related catastrophic brain injuries on the rise
10. Brain Tumor Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Trial
11. Brain Surgery Might Ease Tough-to-Treat OCD
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Brain Wiring May Explain Unhealthy Obsession With Looks
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... Steve Helwig & Associates Insurance & Financial, ... enrichment program, has teamed up with Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse in support of ... To support all those victimized by the fear of violence in their own homes, ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... , ... February 08, 2016 , ... Remember the old ... , According to Perry A~, author of “Calcium Bentonite Clay” the health benefits ... role in balancing and detoxifying the body. , A former motivational speaker, Perry A~ ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... ... share this important news! AHCC and the Home Health and Hospice ICD-10 Transition ... designee for official ICD coding guidance and clarifications, to address concerns over the ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 08, 2016 , ... ... (NADL), only four states in the U.S. require dental technicians to be certified ... in the dental industry, NADL created the “What’s In Your Mouth?” campaign to ...
(Date:2/6/2016)... ... February 06, 2016 , ... FOR ... AT AORN SURGICAL CONFERENCE & EXPO , WHAT:     , This conference is ... 5000 perioperative nurses in attendance to study the latest evidence-based recommendations and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/8/2016)... , Feb. 8, 2016 In a historic vote among ... plans to construct a medical cannabis cultivation facility and dispensary on tribal ... of New York as a provider for patients in the ... York as a provider for patients in the state,s Medical ... 29% (34) to approve the project and pursue designation from the ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... , Feb. 8, 2016 ... the "Knee Reconstruction Devices Market by Product ... Implants), and Geography (U.S., Canada, Eu-5, Japan, Bric, ... 2020" report to their offering. ... of the "Knee Reconstruction Devices Market by ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... , Feb. 8, 2016  The University of ... announced today that, as part of the development ... of the first hospitals in the U.S. to start ... Muraszko , M.D., U-M,s chair of neurosurgery. ... neurosurgery. --> The BrightMatter technology from ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: