Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Signs and symptoms of Body Dysmorphic Disorder 

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is a condition in which an excessive preoccupation with an imagined physical imperfection or anomaly is the most marked symptom. Other symptoms may include a fear of ridicule, an avoidance of mirrors, repeatedly seeking reassurance about the perceived defect, frequent measuring of the imperfection and attempts to hide or camouflage it. BDD can lead to a great deal of social isolation and distress.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder and the link with other disorders

BDD is sometimes considered to have associations with Social Phobia and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It can be associated with eating disorders, in that the body dysmorphia can be seen to have similarities with the dissatisfaction with body shape and size seen in Anorexia Nervosa.

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