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Can medications treat muscle dysmorphia?

Medications can sometimes treat body and muscle dysmorphia. In some cases an anti-depressant may be prescribed. Because the disorder is mostly caused by warped perceptions about your body and low self-esteem, psychotherapy and other counseling-focused approaches may be recommended before you turn to medication to treat the problem. Serotonin reuptake inhibitors, however, are an antidepressant medication that has been shown to help people with body dysmorphia by altering their brain chemistry.

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