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By Alex Clarke

This scientific handbook offers a CBT-based psychosocial intervention to be used with members distressed approximately their visual appeal as a result of a disfigurement from beginning, twist of fate or disease, or these dealing with one other seen difference.


  • Contains a wealth of case fabric with particular relevance to actual medical conditions that have an effect on visual appeal, functional recommendation on evaluate, and session-by-session tips for addressing universal issues
  • Written through best lecturers and clinicians operating within the administration of disfigurement and rational visual appeal anxiety
  • Uses a versatile stepped-care version that permits to be used by means of skilled CBT practitioners in addition these wishing to carry a extra uncomplicated mental intervention
  • Identifies the mental elements occupied with visual appeal nervousness whereas additionally addressing the sensible matters of residing with a visual distinction, comparable to handling the reactions of others

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Where there is a very visible difference in appearance, people often report high levels of social intrusion with staring, comments and questioning commonplace (Partridge, 1990). Surgery is often seen as the solution to managing the behaviours of other people driven by the assumption that if the appearance difference is minimized, then social situations will no longer be anxiety provoking. However, as a raft of research literature has indicated, an appearance closer to the social norm does not necessarily make traversing the social world easier, indeed many people with unremarkable appearances find social situations difficult.

In addition, there are many overlaps with dominant cognitive models such as Clark and Wells’ (1995) model of social phobia. An understanding of the similarities is helpful in formulating problems and treatment plans, particularly for those patients where there is a mismatch between objectively measured minor disfigurement and high levels of preoccupation and social avoidance. However, it is always essential to strive for an individualized formulation of the specific presenting problems. 3). The processes which are hypothesized to take place in a feared situation are illustrated in this model (reproduced with permission).

Combining resources, Rumsey and Partridge designed a social skills programme, delivered over 2 days in a group format, to people who had contacted the charity Changing Faces. This was evaluated at the end of the intervention and at 6 months follow-up with very good outcomes in terms of reduced social anxiety and avoidance. At 6 months, people had not only maintained change but had further developed their skills in social situations. , 1996). A similar behavioural approach was described by Newell using parallels from the treatment of people with phobic anxiety resulting in social avoidance.

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