BDD-YBOCS - Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale Modified for Body Dysmorphic Disorder

The Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale modified for Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD-YBOCS), is a 12-item self- or provider-administered instrument designed to rate severity of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).

Special Instructions

Once the patient has submitted it, you my preview it on the uninitialed documents tab in the EHR. However, do not initial it or it won't later be pulled into your MobileNote.

Scores Produced

  • BDD-YBOCS Obsession Subtotal (0-20)
  • BDD-YBOCS Compulsion Subtotal (0-20)
  • BDD-YBOCS Insight/Avoidance Subtotal (0-8)
  • BDD-YBOCS Total (0-48)


  • 0-9 = not present or extremely mild
  • 10-15 = mild
  • 16-25 = moderately severe
  • 26-48 = severe


Phillips KA, Hollander E, Rasmussen SA, Aronowitz BR, DeCaria C, Goodman WK. A severity rating scale for body dysmorphic disorder: development, reliability, and validity of a modified version of the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale. Psychopharmacol Bull 1997;33:17-22.

Claiborn J & Pedrick C. The BDD Workbook: Overcome body dysmorphic disorder and end body image obsessions. 2002. New Harbinger Publications.



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