Eda GorbisThe Westwood Institute for Anxiety Disorders, USA
Title: Investigating the Multidimensional Comorbidity of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorders, and Eating Disorders: Theoretical and Practical Approaches to Treatment
Research on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and eating disorders (Eds), including anorexia and bulimia, has such appreciable two-way comorbidity between these conditions, especially OCD and BDD. There are few, if any, however, assessments of the multidimensional comorbidity of OCD, BDD, and Eds. Here we review the literature on prevalence and comorbidity of these disorders and estimate their three-way comorbidity. We calculate that multidimensional comorbidity of OCD, BDD, and Eds is present in about 1.5% of cases of primary OCD, 3.7% of cases of primary BDD and 9.8% of cases of primary Eds. We further provide recommendations for treatment of cases in which all three disorders appear together, beginning with the advice to treat that disorder first which poses the highest danger to the patient upon check in for LVM.
Eda Gorbis, Ph.D., LMFT, is a world-renowned authority on the treatment and research of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). From 1999 to 2014 Dr. Gorbis held an appointment of Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the USC School of Medicine and the Adult Department of Psychiatry at the USC School of Medicine from 2015 to 2023. Since 1996 Dr. Gorbis has been the founder and director of the Westwood Institute for Anxiety Disorders, which treats refractory cases of multidimensional OCD-spectrum disorders with multidisciplinary teams. Dr. Gorbis is the author of almost two hundred articles and presentations on OCD-spectrum disorders.