Feel better about your appearance

  • Perspectives is a new therapy app for body image concerns
  • Created by leading researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Available at no cost to you

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Simple exercises to tackle concerns with your appearance

Perspectives app delivers digital cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help address body dysmorphic disorder (BDD)iBDD is a mental disorder characterized by a severe preoccupation with a perceived defect in one’s appearance. Any body part can be the focus of concern. The most common areas of concern involve the face (e.g., nose, eyes, and chin), hair, and skin. BDD is a severe preoccupation with your appearance that can significantly impact your daily life. CBT iCognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for BDD is a skills-based treatment. It helps individuals to evaluate their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and develop strategies to think and act in healthier ways. These strategies are associated with significantly lower BDD symptoms, long-term reductions in anxiety, and increased quality of life.is an evidence-based form of therapy that can help address it.

A new way to try therapy

Perspectives is a new, app-based therapy allowing you to unlock the power of CBT from your home. All you need is a smartphone.

Created by leading clinical researchers

Perspectives is part of a clinical trial at Massachusetts General Hospital. It’s based on an evidence-based treatment, CBT. There is no cost associated with the treatment. This clinical trial was approved by the Institutional Review Board.

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Dr. Sabine Wilhelm

Chief of Psychology, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Director, OCD and Related Disorders Program, MGH Professor, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Hilary Weingarden

Psychologist, OCD and Related Disorders Program, MGH Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Jennifer Greenberg

Psychologist, OCD and Related Disorders Program, MGH Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

A coach in your pocket

During the study, you can message your coach at MGH with questions or for feedback.

What previous participants have said about Perspectives

I use [the skills I learned] in my head all the time now without the app.

I feel so much more in the moment, I walk and notice how pretty things are.

I am increasingly happy and would highly recommend the app. I’ve experienced real progress as it forces you out of your comfort zone, provides structure to be able to do so, and gives me tools to be able to handle the situation.

The [self-esteem module] was a powerful moment, the tables turned at that moment, permanently.

It adds structure to your life, gives you clear, simple goals to challenge yourself. It’s a friendly app that has a lot of impact.

I would not have thought that an app could get me out of the house!

It’s incredibly easy to use. It’s fast and easy to fit in to your busy schedule. It’s convenient.

Overall, I have seen a very, very good improvement. It has helped me very much.

Massachusetts General Hospital is currently enrolling participants, at no cost to you.

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