Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Body Dysmorphic Disorder Signs & Symptoms

Most individuals have insecurities about their bodies and overall appearance. For instance, one might not like the look of her nose, hairline, or weight, which can be somewhat normal. However, those who have body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) experience tremendous distress regarding their bodies.

Understanding Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Learn about body dysmorphic disorder

The most common worries of those who have body dysmorphic disorder come from the appearance of their hair, skin, nose, and other body parts or features.

Men who struggle with BDD often do so in a manner where they develop an intense desire to build massive amounts of muscle, leading to the development of dangerous eating patterns and possibly even steroid use. Women who are afflicted with BDD often develop poor eating habits, over-exercising behaviors, and/or other behaviors that will help them change their physical appearance. Both sexes often turn to extremes, such as plastic surgery. Those who have BDD tend to struggle with extreme self-consciousness, and they might be so anxious and self-conscious that they flee social contact, and possibly consider suicide. Since BDD includes extreme discomfort with one’s body and appearance, those who suffer with this disorder can easily struggle with an accompanying eating disorder.

While the challenges of BDD might feel continual, it is possible to overcome the symptoms of this disorder with treatment and live a happy, healthy life.


Body dysmorphic disorder statistics

Nationwide, roughly 1% to 3% of individuals have been diagnosed with this condition, and these numbers can vary depending on whether they include up to a maximum of 53% of those in cosmetic surgery settings. However, some studies show that these numbers might not be exact, as slightly  more than 30% of those in inpatient settings report feeling too embarrassed to discuss their bodily insecurities with others.

Causes and Risk Factors

Causes and risk factors for body dysmorphic disorder

The exact cause of BDD is still being researched. However, most experts agree that it is brought on by a number of genetic and environmental factors, such as:

Genetic: Studies suggest that an individual’s genetics can play a major role in his or her likelihood of developing this specific mental health condition. Those who have first-degree relatives with this disorder are more likely to develop it.

Environmental: Environmental factors, such as having negative experiences surrounding one’s body image, being teased in childhood, having parents who were focused on body-image, and additional social pressures can all lead to one developing BDD.

Risk Factors:

  • Personal history of mental illness
  • Obsessive-compulsive traits
  • Other mental illness
  • Family history of mental illness
  • Personality factors, such as low self-esteem
Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of body dysmorphic disorder

The signs and symptoms that one with BDD might exhibit can vary based on factors such as individual history and personality. However, some of the most common symptoms of BDD can include:

Behavioral symptoms:

  • Excessive spending on beauty products
  • Other idiosyncratic behaviors, such as drinking water to make one’s face appear fuller
  • Extreme exercise routines
  • Seeking reassurance from others about physical appearance
  • Picking at one’s skin
  • Excessive grooming, exercise, and hygiene behaviors
  • Disguising certain body parts with clothing
  • Frequently checking the mirror

Physical symptoms:

  • Medical conditions, such as diabetes or malnutrition, from poor eating habits
  • Scabs and infection from picking at skin
  • Weight changes due to excessive exercise or unhealthy eating
  • Complications from cosmetic surgery

Cognitive symptoms:

  • Poor attention and concentration
  • Distractibility
  • Poor memory due to an inability to focus

Psychosocial symptoms:

  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Poor relationships
  • Avoidance of social situations due to fear of ridicule
  • Poor self-esteem

Effects of body dysmorphic disorder

BDD is a significant condition that can produce a number of dangerous effects in an individual’s life if it is not treated. Some of these effects can include:

  • Development of a co-occurring mental health disorder
  • Suicide attempts
  • Side effects of steroids including breast development, shrunken testicles, and infertility in men, and deeper voice, increased body hair, and infrequent periods in women, as well as acne, tendonitis, tumors, and aggressive behaviors in both sexes
  • Loss of relationships
  • Poor performance at work or school
  • Repeated hospitalizations
  • Medical conditions due to a lack of proper nutrition
  • Loss of a job
Co-Occurring Disorders

Body dysmorphic disorder and co-occurring disorders

Those who grapple with BDD tend to also battle with other mental health conditions at the same time. Sadly, those who have BDD are more likely to develop an eating disorder like binge-eating disorder, anorexia nervosa, and bulimia nervosa. Some other common co-occurring disorders can include:

  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depressive disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder

Montecatini helped me recover from my eating disorder. Their incredible staff taught me how to love myself.

– Former Client
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