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Warning signs of Body Dysmorphic Disorder

  • Engaging in repetitive behaviours, such as looking in a mirror, picking at the skin, trying to cover up the perceived defect.
  • Continually asking for reassurance that the defect is not too noticeable.
  • Repeatedly measuring or touching the perceived defect.
  • Experiencing problems at school or work, or in relationships, due to the inability to stop focusing on the perceived defect.
  • Feeling self-conscious and not wanting to go out in public.
  • Repeatedly consulting medical specialists to find ways to improve their appearance.

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Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)

BDD is a mental disorder where a person is preoccupied with an imagined or minor physical defect that others often cannot see.

As a result, people with BDD see themselves as "ugly" and often avoid social exposure. The preoccupation with the defect often leads to ritualisti...

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Causes of Body Dysmorphic Disorder

One theory suggests BDD involves a problem with the size or functioning of specific brain areas. BDD often occurs in people with other mental disorders, such as major depression and anxiety.

Other factors that trigger BDD include:

  • Experience of traumatic events or emotional co...

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Treatment of Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Many BDD cases go unrecognised because people with the disorder often feel embarrassed and reluctant to speak about their concerns.

Treatment for BDD includes a combination of the following therapies:

  • Psychotherapy. Individual counselling focu...

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Body Dysmorphic Disorder: The outlook is promising

The outlook is promising for people with BDD who receive and follow treatment. Those with a strong support team tend to do better in the long run.

People with BDD are at high risk for developing major depression, and the distress associated with the disorder puts people wi...

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Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Common areas of concern

The most common areas of concern include:

  • Skin imperfections: Wrinkles, scars, acne, and blemishes.
  • Hair: Including head or body hair or absence of hair.
  • Facial features: It often involves the nose but might involve...

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