What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)?
Body Dysmorphic Disorder is characterized by a preoccupation with a physical flaw. Often this is a flaw that is exaggerated, or entirely imagined. It’s like seeing yourself through a fun house mirror. A person with BDD will look normal, but see a distorted reality, and spend hours and hours obsessing over the perceived imperfection. This causes a great deal of anxiety. Some people afflicted with BDD will avoid social situations, and may confine themselves to their house. Often BDD goes hand in hand with Major Depressive Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Anorexia, or Delusional Disorder.
What are the Signs of Body Dysmporphic Disorder?
Common signs of BDD include:
*Obsessively checking appearance, or avoiding reflective surfaces all together.
*Someone with BDD will not like to be photographed or may destroy the photos taken,
* Constantly asking others for reassurance, and comparing their appearance to other people.
*Those with BDD will often fall into excessive dieting, exercising, and feel self-conscious and anxious around people.
*Experiencing suicidal thoughts is not uncommon.
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